"Why is abortion a political issue?
It shouldn't be. It should be be a private matter between a doctor and her patient."
Abortion is political for many more reasons than just the religious aspect. The Christian viewpoint is the strongest because most people in America are Christians. The thing is, I think that most pro-lifers think abortion is wrong for more than just religious reasons, it's just that their faith in God is their strongest driving point- they believe in that more strongly than the other pro-life arguments, so that's their soap-box. Unfortunately, a lot of us have your reaction to that.
Now, in the beginning of this thread, I pointed out to Local Rebel that focusing on just the scientific and religious aspects isn't enough, and that's true. His thread, which originally was to compare these two focal points of the issue, has mushroomed into something much bigger.
What about feminism? This, I think, definitely has a stronger pull than anything else- in this debate and in politics- it's the reason we have legal abortions in the first place- the woman's freedom of choice. You seem to fully support that. On the other hand, there is a very strong feminist pro-life viewpoint that is purely political, and I really don't see how we can escape the politics of this situation.
A lot of women believe that abortion is actually supported (consciously or unconsciously) because of society's bias against mothers. A lot of career women face great discrimination when they become pregnant- employers want employees who can be fully devoted to their careers- they don't want their performance to be compromised. At my high school, there used to be a rule that girls on the cheerleading squad would be kicked off and not allowed back if they had a baby... what's the unspoked alternative there? Nobody said anything about pregnancy, just the baby. It's not a morality thing, it's a devotion to the squad thing. Mothers, especially young single mothers, are highly discriminated against. A very strongly Christian girl I know had to give a presentation about why she thinks abortion is wrong- she concluded by saying that although she doesn't believe in premarital sex, if she was raped, she would probably have an abortion because she couldn't face the mar to her reputation- nobody would ask if she'd gotten raped, but assume that she is promiscuous. What about the girl earlier in this thread who killed herself because she was scared of the consequences of her pregnancy?
Pro-life feminists think that abortions allow these prejudices to exist. Without abortion, women would either have to prevent themselves from getting pregnant or fight for their rights not only as women, but as mothers. It's a nice way to look at things, but I don't think it's very likely to happen. We're not all hard-headed enough to shoulder that kind of responsibility, and that's not something a few civil rights speakers can acheive. It would take a nation-wide effort from women everywhere, and there are too many conditionals to foster that kind of resolve.
You did kind of present things in a very cut and dry manner... you did seem to try to draw a line in the sand. This topic is obviously not very cut and dry, because look at the response it has generated. Maybe it seems to you that this would ideally be kept a private matter, untouched by the opinions of others- but it is the termination of life. Look at all topics covered by that subject- mercy killing, capital punishment, suicide, murder in self-defense, war- and look at all the controversy those topics also generate. Nothing so fundamental to human life- that being, life itself- could ever be cut and dry. Nobody can brush their hands off and walk away from something like this.
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I'm thinking about being on my own
I think I been wasting my time
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