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.

Comments

  1. Tamara Berkman says

    I agree with your opinions, however I feel it is important to talk about the different things that can be done to prevent abortion. It has been proven that teenagers who have been through a comprehensive scientific based sexual education class put off their decision to have sex longer than those who have gone through an abstinence only course. The idea is that when students understand the physical and emotional risks of having sex they take the decision more serious than they would being given only a religious view. Unfortunately, most teenagers do not have easy access to sexual education(as someone who has worked in education, I have seen this often).
    Also making various methods of contraception easily accessible and affordable helps prevent unwanted pregnancies, so those without the financial resources to care for a child lower their risk of becoming pregnant and do not risk the choice of an abortion or having a child they can not care for. Our government is currently debating this issue.

    • says

      You sure know your stuff. I didn’t even touch on prevention in my post. I think an in depth reproductive health education, including contraceptive options, is important to prevent unwanted pregnancy and the spread of disease.

      Many young people are going to do it anyway, so they should have the best knowledge to make the best choices and avoid the abortion debate all together.

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