I’m trying to collect my thoughts on abortion into something that takes up less than a ream of paper. But for now I just have a few observations.
-There could be a lot more common ground than there currently is, but both sides like having the issue.
-Not all pro-life people see ending abortion as a way to put women in their place. Some just see the collection of cells as a person worthy of protecting if at all possible. The way you’d protect a kitten or an old sick person. It’s unfortunate that it’s growing in a uterus that happens to belong to a woman who doesn’t want it there. The pro-life person doesn’t necessarily want to invade your right to privacy; they just think the protecting of what they see as a life is a direct and overriding concern. Like how the police (it’s my understanding anyway) can enter a residence without a warrant if they have reason to suspect something horrible is going on inside. There are tradeoffs here of protecting privacy vs. the fetus, and the two sides see this differently. If you see the fetus merely as a collection of cells, privacy is more important. If you see it as a life, the fetus is more important. It doesn’t necessarily mean that pro-life people don’t value privacy in health issues.
-People are so defensive they don’t want to listen to one another.
-Pro-choice people get so intense about protecting the right to choose that it seems like they don’t want to entertain the notion that the fetus *could* be a life, which fuels the pro-life crowd’s fear that the pro-choice crowd is a bunch of glib, godless, soulless heathens.
-Sex education is a good thing. It would lead to fewer abortions probably.
-Adoption is a good thing. You know who needs to adopt? Gay people. Maybe more people would go the adoption route if gay people could do it with less hassle.
-Stuff like forcing women to get ultrasounds and listen to the heartbeat is just mean. Work on sex education, condom use, free prenatal health care, free infant health care for anyone who wants it, etc instead. Make it pretty damn easy and cheap to not get pregnant in the first place or to carry a child to term if you do get pregnant. Pro-life argument falls apart if you deny these resources in the name of anti-Socialism. Either life is of paramount importance or not. If life is important enough to keep a parasitic organism growing inside of another organism for nine months, then surely it’s more important than proving that you’re not a Socialist.