Abortion is more than just a controversial issue; it is a polarizing issue. But you knew that. The question is whether we as a society can find a resolution to this issue.
Abortion has become the defining issue for many voters, such that political candidates will win or lose elections over their position on this one thing.
After years of watching and reflecting on the controversy, I have reached resolution, at least for myself. [If you plan to continue reading, I hope you read the whole thing before you decide if my resolution has any merit beyond my own mind.]
The basic issue is whether the government should be able to control what takes place inside a human being. And this much I can agree with those who are pro-choice. As much as I hate abortion and regard those who perform them as morally bankrupt and those who seek them as sinning against God and making the biggest mistake of their lives, I don’t now believe that we should criminalize the activity (in other words, ban it.)
The same people who want to tell a woman she can’t have an abortion are the same people who will complain if the government tells them how large of a soft drink they can buy, whether or not their child can bring a lunch from home to school, or what kind of light bulbs they have to buy.
Obviously, there is much more at stake in a pregnancy than in how much pop you should drink; but the fact is that, while that child growing inside her mother has a separate life from her mother, the life and health of that child is completely dependent on the mother. That pregnant mother makes choices every day that will affect the life and health of that child, whether by drinking alcohol, smoking, eating right, taking medication, using drugs, taking prenatal vitamins, and, of course, by seeing a doctor regularly.
If the government wants to prevent her from ending her pregnancy, it should mandate as well all the other matters of healthy pregnancies.
The abortion debate is not unlike the gun debate. Gun control advocates want to limit access to guns in order to limit the possibilities of gun violence. The pro-life people want to limit or ban abortions to limit the number of pre-born children being killed.
By the way, I read today that it is estimated that before abortion was legalized, there were between 200,000 and 1.2 million abortions in the United States every year. We have averaged about a million abortions a year since. So, as in the gun debate, outlawing something doesn’t mean you are going to prevent it from happening. There are already laws against murder. How is that working out?
Those who oppose more gun control see the bigger problem as the evil in people’s hearts and the need to address that. Having abortion legal does not make anyone have an abortion any more than having guns makes someone kill people.
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