The abortion debate.
My personal views on abortion are that it is something you only do in very specific situations like rape, child rape, medical endangerment to mother, etc. I cannot believe people are using abortion as a contraceptive in large numbers, so the mantra that thousands of babies are being killed for shallow reasons doesn’t fly with me. I don’t have the exact stats to back up my supposition, but after reading many articles from many sources it seems abortion has been on the decline with greater access to contraceptives and better sex education in schools. So it frustrates me that this is a major issue we are debating in this country right now.
When I debate pro-lifers they bring up the bible or a religious tenet that forbids it, however; my answer is we are not a theocracy so their argument is moot. We must look to the constitution and case law for the answer, and here it is tricky. I would never personally pressure a woman that I had impregnated into getting an abortion, that is my personal decision. I have no right to enforce that belief on others, however; I do see the need to codify abortions into law by putting restrictions on when, where, and who can administer an abortion. This part I would rely on scientists to determine at what point in the pregnancy it would be murder and make it illegal at that point on. I understand morals are intertwined with Religion for most, but Religion does not have a monopoly on morals as we have seen time and time again throughout history. I believe in universal morals that we all share such as murder, rape, etc are reprehensible or should be reprehensible no matter what religion you practice or if you practice none. The reason why this topic is still not settled and still divisive is one side still uses Biblical law in their debate for the most part and like I said that is not a good foundation to build a case on. We need to step back and take this issue objectively and use common sense and the constitution as our guide.
I believe politicians use this issue as a distraction from other issues that have more impact on our daily lives. We are so consumed with fighting over issues like abortion that we lose track of awful policies and laws our politicians rush through our government while we attack each other.
This is my two cents anyways.
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