December 12, 2006
Abortion touches politics, but is not consumed by it. Abortion views, pro or con,
generally consume the life of the individual holding them. Abortion as an issue of public
debate is largely a twentieth-century phenomenon. But the debate began much earlier, not
over abortion, but over how social issues would later be viewed. There is even argument
over what the term abortion means. Abortion moved from a practice that occurred behind
closed doors and only for a select portion of the population to a practice that virtually
skyrocketed among the general populace, rich or poor.
The pro-life side will contend that the term pro-choice is an altogether unfair designation.
What their opponents really are, they will argue, is pro-abortion. On, the other hand, pro-
choice proponents will likely argue ...view middle of the document...
S. and the equivalent in Canada to each individual
and would take federal judges out of the mix completely, and make legislating in abortion
an issue. States and provinces could then allow abortion, forbid it, or anything in
between. Pro-lifers force to seek more immediate goals, particularly so in the U.S. These
include parental notification and consent for abortion for minor daughters; women’s right
to know, or inform the laws; forbidding of abortions for certain reasons, such as sex
selection and after a certain stage of development. They also encourage adoption and
contraception. The most familiar argument against abortion rests on the claim that the
human fetus, or at least the typical human fetus, has a right to life. Pro-life positions see
a moral issue only, and argue that the morality of an issue must guide its solution.
Many of the ultimate goals of those who favor abortion already exist. Abortion is legal in
our nations until birth for social and economic reasons. Pro-choice advocates do point too
much of the Old Testament’s specific silence about the practice of abortion, and have
made a case that rests on quickening (when a mother feels the unborn move). Pro choice
advocates argue that the Bible not only treats abortion, it treats it favorably. They also
argue that it appears that the Bible endorses both abortions and infanticide. They argue
over whether abortion actually means taking life when the “organism” in question has yet
to achieve, in their minds, legally defined personhood. Pro-choice advocated do make
much of the fact that abortion has been practiced since the beginning of time. They argue
that choice must remain at the heart of the issue, that privacy should override all other
concerns and somehow limit the outcome. They point out that control through
contraception also and abortion on a belief in the importance of the individual’s
responsibility for the economic and social conditions of his or her life.