I haven’t written about this yet because it’s taken me a while to decide how I feel about it. I voted for George W. Bush because, at the time, I felt it was very important that, if a Supreme Court seat opened up, a judge be appointed who would be in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. Despite my fiscal misgivings about the President, I thought this issue far outweighed any financial considerations.
However, after listening to the confirmation hearings, at least in part, of two Supreme Court justices and some thought, I have come to realize that, for me, I must separate the actual act of abortion from the laws governing it.
Let me explain. For me the issue of abortion is not about what laws we have allowing or preventing it, but the fact that there are people who would choose to have what I will term recreational abortions. Making abortion illegal is, to me, just putting a band-aid on a very large wound.
The real problem isn’t that our country allows abortions, it’s that there are people who are seeking them in cases where it’s clearly a matter of convenience.
In cases where the mothers life is in danger or in certain cases of rape or incest, abortion is an option (in the case of the mothers life, I believe it should be done, almost regardless of other consideration) and I would completely condone it.
It’s the abortions that are sought because of the inconvenience of having a child, be the parents teenagers, people who can’t afford a child or don’t want one, that I disagree with.
So, focusing the debate on the law allowing abortion takes the focus away from the real solution to the problem, which is the education of people about the value of, and respect for, life, and the viability of adoption. By spending our time in these channels, we can stop the abortion problem altogether without relying on the government to legislate what they think we think is right or wrong.