The Government and Abortion

photo © 2004 billy verdin | more info (via: Wylio)The United States of America has a fascinating history. It was first settled by people trying to escape religious persecution in Europe. At the same time, those people had very strong religious beliefs of their own.

As time moved forward, our Found Fathers established a nation with Judeo/Christian ideals but emphasized a separation of church and state. I have very strong religious beliefs, but I keep those out of my political views.

How the Country Feels About Abortion

Abortion is one of the most divisive issues that the United States grapples with every election cycle. A huge number of people support abortion rights and a woman’s right to choose what happens in her body until the birth of the fetus. It just so happens that the majority of these people, though not all, are left leaning and not very religious.

On the other hand, a large group of primarily religious and right wing Americans believe that life begins at conception. To those people, abortion is murder. They try to force that view on people through lobbying and often gruesome protests.

At the end of the day, however, abortion rights are protected by the United States government. The landmark Supreme Court Case Row v. Wade made it clear that the Federal government cannot stop abortions.

How I Feel About Abortion

My religion says abortion is wrong. I find the act of an abortion horrifying. I never plan be implicit in a where the abortion question comes to light. I hope that it is never something directly in my life. However…

In this country, founded on freedom and separation of church and state, my personal religious beliefs are irrelevant.

How Our Government Should Treat Abortion

This is a country founded on freedom. Freedom includes abortion. No matter how I feel, or how right wing religious people feel, it is no our place to tell someone what they can and can’t do with their bodies.

In certain circumstances, such as rape or incest, there is no question that abortions may be appropriate. There are gray situations where a young girl becomes pregnant unintentionally where a baby could ruin her future. While I have little sympathy for her because she made the unfortunate choices that led to pregnancy, our society as a whole is a better place if she has the opportunity to graduate from high school, hopefully college, and become a productive member of society able to support a child.

Poverty does not help our society. Starving single mothers and children do not help anyone.

The reality is that, as a whole, society is better off with legal abortions. Even more, it is not our right to tell people what they can and can’t do. Once a child is born, abortion is murder. Until that point, we cannot allow religious beliefs to infiltrate the democratic principles on which this country was founded.

Please share your thoughts on this controversial topic in the comments below. Remember to be respectful. This is a heated topic and I will delete comments that are not constructive and civil regardless of the viewpoint.