Beyond the Cusp

October 15, 2010

Abortion, Tackling the Third Rail

Filed under: Uncategorized — qwertster @ 7:52 AM
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The two guarantees every editorialist, opinion-maker, or normal person can rely on is when speaking about abortion they will be scorned by half the people in general regardless of which side they take and there are only absolutes making it impossible to find any middle ground. The major problem with the arguments on abortion is terms mean different things for each side. Being adopted, I could have been personally affected had abortion been as freely available as it has come to be in today’s society. This, needless to say, does help to mold my opposition to abortion along with religious convictions as Judaism only allows for abortions when it is the only available option to save the life of the mother. Let me stress, for Jews abortion is not an option for the “health” of the mother, solely when her life is in severe danger and there is absolutely no other viable option. As anyone who has studied the figures from almost any scientific research into abortions knows, abortions done to save the life of the mother is almost statistically insignificant.

Let us look into some of the terms those who favor “choice, a audibly innocent and passive name whose meanings are twisted and mutilated to make abortion a less monstrously evil and damning reference. Why not start with “choice”. Where the abortion supporters, a woman is only able to make a choice after she has conceived and is pregnant. That implies that the woman had absolutely no control over her actions that led to her conceiving and becoming with child. My position, as with many in the abstinence camp, is that there is an earlier point in the process where a woman has a choice that she made that had she either taken precautions or simply avoided certain actions, then she could have avoided pregnancy. So, when the debate turns to abortion being a woman’s choice, it must be pointed out that there was a choice already made that led to her pregnancy and that is the choice where our societal influence needs to be focused. Only by putting the emphasis on choices made before conception will we make abortion rare, another misused reference by abortion advocates.

The simple lie made by those supporting legal abortion is that they wish to make abortions “rare”. If making abortions rare was really one of the results of policies, it would not be made free, paid for by taxpayers, including those for whom abortion is a sin and an abomination, readily available with clinics in most areas, totally removed from any social stigma, almost a badge of passing in some areas of our culture, and the known medical problems; psychological, emotional, physiological, and a proven higher chance of cancer developing later in life. The mantra chanted repeatedly by the abortion proponents of “Abortion should be free, safe, legal, and rare”, is not only a lie but counter-intuitive. Anything that is made “free, safe, and legal” is definitely not going to be “rare”, especially if it is made socially acceptable and a convenient way around personal responsibility.

The last phrase I will address is “We do not want women having unwanted babies.” There is no such thing as an unwanted baby, only a baby for whom an adoption has not been arranged. This is one of the subjects that government never wants to have entered into the abortion debate, the fact that adoption has been made rare in America while abortion has been made frequent. I have often said about abortion, when faced with an inconvenient pregnancy, don’t stop so early in the alphabet at words beginning with “AB”, just go slightly further into the “A” words to “AD” and use the adoption option. The problem is that adoption has become such an expensive, exhaustive, complicated, with so many requirements, legal definitions and conditions, and good old governmental red tape that the process now pretty much requires hiring a lawyer to help fight through the morass. Reportedly, the reason so many prospective adopting parents now seek to adopt from overseas is simplicity. It has become less burdensome to adopt a baby from Africa or Asia than to go through the rigmarole of governmental hoops, ladders and other obstacles. Current adoption procedures are another example of government taking over a once straightforward procedure usually handled by a religious charitable organization or group and turning it into a complex government run nightmare. You want to make abortion rare and less used option as the answer to an unwanted pregnancy, perhaps the best first step would be to take adoption out of the governmental process and return it to religious run or affiliated organizations making adoption safe, legal, frequent, and less expensive.

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  1. “Anything that is made “free, safe, and legal” is definitely not going to be “rare”, especially if it is made socially acceptable and a convenient way around personal responsibility.”

    Simply brilliant!

    I agree that removing the countless reels of red tape that bind the adoption process would be a blessing, but I’m not sure it would make a large difference in the number of elective abortions. The red tape that binds the process is almost exclusively on the adoptive parents side, and has little effect on the woman who chooses to give up her child.

    I think the largest reason for abortions is that the woman doesn’t want to have a baby… period, and the only totally effective method to avoid that is total abstinence; anything else has it’s potential risks.

    I abhor abortion, but I will always support a woman’s right to choose. In G-d’s eyes we have a free will, and the right to choose our own course of action, even if it’s contrary to the teachings of Torah, or the Bible, notwithstanding the consequences involved, because we should make the right choices simply because they’re right, not because we’re induced to do so, or are fearful of what might happen if we choose otherwise.

    From a Constitutional perspective, it’s important to understand the Wade vs. Roe isn’t specifically about abortion; it’s about the Supreme Court mandating a limit on the intrusiveness of government into choices that are so intimately private they can only be made by the individual involved.


    Comment by Hardy Wright — October 18, 2010 @ 11:39 AM | Reply

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