Forty one years later, Americans are still deeply divided on the issue. A Marist Poll published this month shows even those who consider themselves "strongly pro-choice" have conflicting views on when, and with what restrictions abortions should be legal. Just a slideshow of various lifeforms in the womb was flamed on Buzzfeed recently because the final pic was human.
I always wondered what the results would be if those surveys were worded differently. If a majority of people would who believe abortion should be allowed in the case of rape or incest if it was worded like this: Should this baby's life be brutally ended because his father is a criminal?
The truth is that very few abortions are done as a result of rape or incest, but how does ending the BABY's life punish the rapist or un-rape the mom?
The single most common reason for a woman to abort is "not with the dad anymore." I know because I worked in a pregnancy center and that was the reason for my abortion too. But when you stop to think about it, a person who can't speak up for themselves, whose life is totally dependent on the decisions of others, can just be discarded like litter because mom and dad weren't a good fit.
What if, by extension, the mom said, "I want to terminate this 1 year oldbecause we're getting divorced"? The only differences are stage of development and geography. Essentially, there isn't much difference between a newborn and a 1 year old. Except we have seen their face.
It's easy to toss around political slogans until you think of those chubby little cheeks.
- "A woman has a right to choose" -- which of her children to put in a bio-trash bin.
- "Reproductive rights" -- are only given to the female reproducer, not the male or female who is reproduced.
- "Keep Abortion Safe and Affordable" -- except its not "safe" for the baby and what has it cost us in art, literature, science, friendship, wisdom, medicine, love...?