The issue of abortion has always been and will always be an extremely sensitive and controversial topic, and it’s a subject that can rarely be discussed in an objective way because almost always someone gets offended by the opinions or remarks of someone who thinks and feels differently.
As of right now, the country is apparently split on the issue. 47% are pro-choice, while 46% are pro-life. Hmm..
Now I get that one of the major questions that fuels this debate is the question of when does life begin? At conception? When the fetus is full term and can live outside the womb?
Politically, this question is really being asked to determine if abortion is murder–now folks against abortion will say life begins at conception and therefore abortion is murder, so it doesn’t matter why a woman is choosing to have an abortion, it is wrong and uncivilized and the decision should be taken away from her and she should have the child and then figure out the rest later. And if you don’t believe me, check out some pro-life websites, you will see that I am not exaggerating in the least.
I am a firm believer in a woman’s right to choose, and although I understand that this is a free country and everyone has the right to express their feelings and opinions on the matter, I do not believe that everyone’s personal opinions should alter the legality of the issue. But this is exactly what is going on as we speak. Elected officials in states across the country have been on a campaign to dismantle Roe v. Wade, bit by bit.
And it is not based on health factors in regards to the mother, rather it’s the personal and religious viewpoints that are leading the arguments against abortion. For example, in Texas Governor Perry signed into law some of the toughest restrictions on abortion in the country. In Ohio, Governor Kasich included abortion restrictions in his budget! In Kansas Governor Brownback signed into law that life begins at fertilization. In Alabama, abortions are banned after the heartbeat is detected–that can be as early as 6 weeks! Some women don’t even find out their pregnant until they’re 7 or 8 weeks along.
The bottom line is this: we live in a country of hyprocrites. We want to spout freedom of speech and freedom of press. We want to wring all of the financial benefits out of this capitalistic society and frown on anyone who tells us what we can do with our capital. Yet we don’t want women to have the right to choose, the right to make one of the most difficult decisions anyone could ever have to make. How is this just?