The Politics of Abortion / by kevin murray

Abortion has to be one of the most divisive issues in all of American politics to which there are extreme positions on either side.  It is fascinating to see such strong viewpoints held by people that are in complete loggerheads to one another.  Although I do believe that both sexes have all the incumbent rights to say, write, and to defend their beliefs in regards to abortion, one has to give additional emphasis to the female viewpoint since it is only the female sex that are capable of child-bearing, consequently I must say that no matter their position on abortion, the primary voice should be feminine and not masculine.   Through it all though, because this is a nation of laws, is the fact that the Supreme Court has weighed in on this matter in regards to abortion, under the somewhat dubious ruling that a woman has a Constitutional "right to privacy", but that hardly seems to be the real sustaining issue in regards to abortion.


Be that as it may, abortions are legal in all of the 50 States, albeit with additional limits or sanctions regulating abortion within the State.  Further, just because abortion is legal, doesn't mean that abortion will be easy to achieve, easy to find, easy to accomplish within a given State as not only are clinics or hospitals that perform abortion typically in short supply, often the doctors and medical staff needed are alsonot widely available.  This effectively means that it is the people within their respective States that have been effective in dealing with the abortion controversy in their own way as is their right.


When it comes to party platforms, the Democratic Party has made it their policy that they believe it is the woman's right to choose, that it is her choice as to whether to have an abortion or not, and further that this right should not be truncated by an inability to pay for this particular medical procedure.  Whereas the Republican Party has made it their policy to assert the sanctity of all human life, including the unborn child and that abortion should therefore be made illegal, and the funding or promotion of more services for adoption should be provided.  Clearly, these party positions are at opposite ends of the spectrum, one making the mother paramount, while the other makes the fetus paramount.


Consequently, when it comes down to voting on issues during public elections, one must carefully consider the party platforms of the two major parties.  For some people, abortion is the issue, the only issue, so you can certainly take that leap of faith that if this is so, whichever side that you support, you should simply vote for the party representative that represents your viewpoint and pay no mind to what the politician says himself in regards to the issue, because most politicians like to present themselves as being for whatever you are for, and being against whatever you are against, simply for the expediency of receiving your vote.  The bottom line is that no good Democrat, nor no good Republican, can go against the political party line of their respective parties.  This simply means that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for abortion and a vote for a Republican is a vote against abortion.


 Having said this, I would far rather see all of the men take a backseat on this issue and instead let the women come to the forefront and truly have their say.  The result couldn't be worse than what we have currently and it may very well may be poignant, insightful and significant.