Interesting Take from an Anti-Choice Writer

Voting Our Con­science, Not Our Religion

Sec­ond, pol­i­tics is the art of the pos­si­ble. Dur­ing the eight years of the Rea­gan pres­i­den­cy, the num­ber of legal abor­tions increased by more than 5 per­cent; dur­ing the eight years of the Clin­ton pres­i­den­cy, the num­ber dropped by 36 per­cent. The over­all abor­tion rate (cal­cu­lat­ed as the num­ber of abor­tions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44) was more or less sta­ble dur­ing the Rea­gan years, but dur­ing the Clin­ton pres­i­den­cy, it dropped by 11 percent.

There are many rea­sons for this shift. Yet sure­ly the tra­di­tion­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­cern with the social safe­ty net makes it eas­i­er for preg­nant women to make respon­si­ble deci­sions and for young life to flour­ish; among the most eco­nom­i­cal­ly dis­ad­van­taged, abor­tion rates have always been and remain the high­est. The world’s low­est abor­tion rates are in Bel­gium and the Nether­lands, where abor­tion is legal but where the wel­fare state is strong. Latin Amer­i­ca, where almost all abor­tions are ille­gal, has one of the high­est rates in the world.

None of this is to argue that abor­tion should be accept­able. His­to­ry will judge our soci­ety’s sup­port of abor­tion in much the same way we view ear­li­er gen­er­a­tions’ sup­port of tor­ture and slavery—it will be uni­ver­sal­ly con­demned. The moral con­dem­na­tion of abor­tion, how­ev­er, need not lead to the con­clu­sion that crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion is the best way to lim­it the num­ber of abor­tions. Those who view abor­tion as the most sig­nif­i­cant issue in this cam­paign may well want to sup­ple­ment their abstract desire for moral rec­ti­tude with a more real­is­tic focus on how best to ensure that few­er abor­tions take place.

Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
Posts created 4241

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top