Abortion in America
all in how you frame the questionÖ
Written by JB Williams
Abortion might be the
single most divisive issue in America
today judging by the recent Alito confirmation hearings, second only to the war
effort in Iraq.
Thatís because both are the political campaign tools of choice for a
beleaguered secular socialist Democratic Party currently struggling to regain
any form of political power by any special interest opportunities available.
The so-called pro-choice
crowd has their polling data which of course suggests that most Americans
support the notion of private choice on the matter. But the pro-life crowd has
their set of polling results too, which of course indicate just the opposite.
These polls are often taken of the same nationwide respondents. But like the
issue of Iraq,
the devil is in the details, specifically, how the questions are framed for the
Many Americans are proud
to pronounce their pro-choice
position, almost as if they make no mental connection that pro-choice equals
pro-death of an innocent child. They are not nearly as eager to accept the
title of pro-abortion however,
usually taking offense to any such suggestion. Thatís because while
accurate, the term pro-abortion
puts too fine a point on the matter.
If asked if they support
the killing of 1.31 million innocent unborn children per year in America,
even the most devoted pro-choice advocate will reject that notion on the
grounds that it is an unfair question concerning an unborn fetus. Only when the
question is framed as a womanís rights issue, or a matter of personal
liberty and privacy, will they rise to support the policy, again, as though
they lack the mental capacity to make the undeniable connection between a
womanís choice and the death of an innocent child.
Thin (legal) Ice
Congress (the legislative
branch of government) has made no law making abortion a legal practice in America.
Congress is obligated to the will of the
people they represent. If those people truly support the practice of
Abortion as an after-the-act form
of birth control, congress is obligated to take up such a matter in the peopleís legislative body. They
have not done so for two very important reasons.
First, because the people
would not stand for it and every politician hoping to keep his/her seat in Washington
knows it. Campaigning for
abortion is no easy task. Lobbying for privacy rights, now thatís easy. Second,
because the need to do so has been successfully averted by way of judicial
fiat, Roe vs. Wade.
However, Roe vs. Wade was
not a case directly about abortion rights, but rather the right of legal
autonomy of one woman (Roe), against the wishes of her husband, (Wade). Even
Roe seeks to reverse that decision today, because of how it has been wrongly
used to legalize and legitimize unrestricted
abortion since. †††
Few rights are dearer to
the average American than their right to privacy and personal liberty.
Thatís why the issue of abortion has been framed as an issue of privacy,
rather than as an issue of life or death of another innocent human being. Do
you believe that our very real right of personal privacy includes the right to
take the innocent life of another? Probably notÖ
But you probably do
believe that this right to personal privacy includes the right to
self-determination; at least as it relates to the choices that only affect your
personal lives, economics aside obviously. You also probably believe that the
federal government has no right to meddle in such personal private affairs. As
a result, this is how the subject of abortion is framedÖ
Even those who despise
the practice of abortion, support the idea of privacy and a limited reach of
the federal government. So this is the context in which the discussion is
carefully crafted by abortion advocates.
(net) Polling Data
In a January CNN/USA
Today/ Gallup poll,
53% of respondents identified themselves as pro-choice versus 42% as pro-life.
But is this the entire picture?
In poll after poll after
poll, when broken down in an honest effort to accurately define the true
sentiments of the American people on the topic, the outcome changes
dramatically once we get to the details. Collectively, the net result of all
available current polls reveals that approximately 40% out of the 53% that
consider themselves pro-choice actually support abortion only in the cases of rape, incest or
life threatening situations. Combined, thatís less than 10% of all
Some 65% of pro-choice
people believe that restrictions on abortion should be more stringent, versus
27% who believe in abortion-on-demand, regardless of reason.
Pew Research Group finds
that 66% of respondents believe abortion should either be limited to cases of
rape, incest, threat to life or illegal all together, while only 30% believe that
abortion should be unrestricted.
69% of respondents
believe that women under 18 years of age should be legally required to have
parental consent before being allowed an abortion. 64% believe that the law
should require a married woman to notify her husband before having an abortion.
Yet when asked if the Roe
vs. Wade decision was good or bad for America,
60% say it was a good thing. When asked if Roe vs. Wade should be overturned by
the court, between 60 - 65% say no. Why? Itís all in how the question is
Truth About Abortion
Though the case for
abortion is always argued on behalf of rape or incest victims, or the
endangered life of the mother, the fact is, combined these cases represent less
than 10% of all abortions in America
today, according to the women having abortions.
According to a 2004 AGI
study on abortion statistics, 67% chose abortion simply because they did not
want the inconvenience of a child, another 8% because they liked their sexual
partner well enough to sleep with them, but not well enough to have a child
with them. 7% because they were still children themselves and just too young to
be a parent, 7% due to stated (whether real or imaginary) health concerns, either
of the mother or the fetus and 4% because it would interfere with their career
path. Only .5% were due to rape or incest, .5% to conceal an otherwise secret
relationship and 5% for reasons unstated. In other words, more than 90% of all
abortions are the direct result of nothing more than careless behavior and
could easily be avoided.
statistic is the fact that 53.6% of those who had an abortion, claim that they
were using some form of contraceptive at the time they became pregnant. Since
these contraceptives are clearly no guarantee against unwanted pregnancy, one
must wonder why we pass out contraceptives like candy in our public schools
today, versus teaching our children the consequences of their actions and
telling them the truth about contraceptives.
The other 46.4% obviously
made no conscious effort at all to avoid unwanted pregnancy. They acted completely
irresponsibly and an innocent child will pay the consequences with its life.
I believe in a
womanís right to choose. I believe in her right to say no. I believe in
her right to choose who she will or wonít sleep with. I believe in her
right to use any precautionary measures legally available to avoid unwanted
pregnancy. I even believe in her right to stone her sexual attacker to death in
the town square.
But when a woman fails to
make any of these choices intelligently, I do not believe in her right to take
the innocent life of another as a remedy and clearly, most Americans agree.
Many have found a means
to justify their desires by debating when life begins. For me it is a simple
debate. If left alone to its natural end, almost every pregnancy will result in
the birth of a healthy child. To actively terminate that process once begun is
to exterminate that life, plain and simple.
Iím not interested
in the mind numbing hair-splitting of when life begins. The only purpose of such
a discussion is to justify that which is otherwise, clearly unjust.
the Womanís Body
No it isnítÖ
Itís the childís body that is being exterminated. The womanís
body is left intact, fully functioning and ready to do business again. The life
being terminated is not that of the person making the decision. It is the life
of a defenseless child, dependent upon its mother for its right to live. If the
mother wonít protect that child during the first nine months, nobody else
can. Only once delivered, can we step in and take the child, protecting it from
a mother who wishes it harm.
Roe vs. Wade
Roe vs. Wade should be
overturned. Not for the purpose of making abortion illegal, but rather as a
means of righting the improper interpretation of Constitutional rights as they
are written. No such right exists, the right to take the innocent life of
another. In fact, a fundamental right to life is what our Constitution is all
Abortion be Illegal?
First, the taking of
innocent life has never been legal in this country. Terminating the innocent
life of another is not protected by any right to privacy. If you think it is,
try killing your neighbor. But making abortion illegal is not likely to stop
abortions from happening, now that society at large has become accustomed to
killing 1.31 million per year, at will and without remorse.
Most Americans simply
turn and look the other way. They sense that something is wrong. But rather
than confront that wrong in an effort to make it right, like their politicians,
they leave the matter at the doorstep of the courts, claiming ignorance and a
lack of power over the issue. Our silence is our consentÖ
The only thing that will
stop or even reduce abortions in America
is a genuine reverence and respect for human life, combined with a renewed
sense of personal responsibility for the consequences of ones own actions.
Whether abortion is legal
or not, until people begin to place the right to life above the right to a
career, or a big screen TV, or a bigger house or a second SUV, or personal
convenience by any definition, until they begin to think about their limited
options before they create the problem, abortion will continue.
As long as abortion
continues, children will continue to doubt the value of their own lives and America
will continue to slide ever farther into an immoral abyss, respecting nothing
and no one, unable to respect even themselves.
As important, America
was founded upon a simple basic belief in certain inalienable rights, first
among them a right to life. Our Constitution was not written to protect the
right of a mother to extinguish her young, but rather to respect and protect
every human life as precious. Our most fundamental American right died with the
Roe vs. Wade decision and thatís why it must one day be overturned.
Oddly, both pro-choice
and pro-life groups are responsible for the status quo on abortion. Pro-choice
advocates because they place a womanís right to correct her error above
the basic right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of every child;
Pro-life advocates because they refuse to separate cases of rape or incest from
cases of after-the-act birth control or even capital punishment issues.
Yet according to all
polling data, this nation supports restricting abortion to cases of rape,
incest or a legitimate threat to life. That alone would eliminate 90%, more
than 1.2 million senseless abortions per year in this country. But because we
canít agree on the remaining 10%, all of these abortions will continue.
Many Americans support
abortion and donít even know it, every time they cast a vote for a
pro-choice candidate. Too many Americans have lost their capacity to care,
their ability to make the simple connections that would save innocent lives.
these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these
are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Unless your life
represents an inconvenience to your motherÖ.