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Abortion: A Political Cancer

by Scott Hughes

In comparison to our society's potential, we live in a severely terrible world full of pain, suffering, and anguish. For example, we have more than enough food to feed everybody in the world, but over 16,000 children die from hunger every day and billions more live in hunger and/or poverty. We have the resources to put every child in school, but yet it does not happen. The United States people alone experience 18.6 million property crimes yearly and 5.2 million crimes of violence yearly, including nearly 100,000 forcible rapes yearly. Approximately one million people commit suicide yearly. War, anger, hate, and violence plague our world. While we suffer from these preventable problems, corrupt and oppressive governments contribute to these disheartening problems.

Society needs to come together and come up with solutions for these preventable problems that plague the world. Developed countries even possess political forums to discuss and even implement methods to fix these problems, but controversial issues inundate these forums and create stagnation. The abortion issue epitomizes this cancerous type of controversy.

Most people consider the abortion issue to consist of two sides, "pro-life" and "pro-choice". These two sides seem to gravitate towards opposing extremes.

The so-called "pro-life" side highly values the alleged life of an unborn child, and completely denies a pregnant woman any right to her own body. These so-called "pro-lifers" consider pregnant woman slaves, and, in the same way a literal slave must use their body to sustain the slavemaster, so-called "pro-lifers" tend to want to use force to ensure that the woman must use her body to sustain the unborn child, regardless of what danger or negative impacts it may impose on the woman. These pro-lifers extremely oppose aborting an unborn child, but could not care less about limiting the freedom of a woman.

In contrast, the so-called "pro-choice" side highly values the alleged freedom of a woman, and completely deny the unborn child any value. These so-called "pro-choicers" see the unborn child as nothing but a lifeless parasite growing inside the woman. These pro-choicers extremely oppose limiting the freedom of a woman, but could not care less about the life of the unborn child.

Any rational person sympathizes with both the unborn child and the pregnant woman. Any rational and caring person feels bad to either deny a baby the opportunity to live or force pregnancy and birth upon a woman. Even if a rational and caring person chooses one side, a rational and caring person realizes that they choose between the lesser of two evils.

However, most of all, a rational and caring person dislikes abortion because of the impact the issue has on politics and social organization. The abortion issue divides society into two irrational extreme positions whose bickering overwhelms the political arena and hinders cooperative social progress, without even ever making any progress on the abortion issue itself!

Abortions still happen at alarming rates - approximately 46 million per year - often illegally and dangerously. In some places, for example, rape victims still die while the government forced her to give birth to the rapist's baby despite the danger involved. In another example, unwanted schoolchildren still commit suicide.

Neither of the polarized sides of the abortion issue have done anything to stop all of that, but they continue to help flood society and politics with the cancerous debate about abortion.

For example, politicians and other leaders use the abortion debate to pander to their voter bases while selling out the country to special interests. In another example, huge organizations of activists full of potential to incite social progress squander their efforts picking one of the two irrationally polarized abortion positions.

Like a cancer in our political system, the abortion debate spreads and infects political and social organizations and forums, thus polarizing people and leaving us incapable of solving the many other problems facing us.

Society needs to solve the abortion issue not only to protect the freedom of woman and not only to protect the life of fetuses, but also to eliminate the cancerous debate from politics.

Society can solve the abortion issue by eliminating unwanted pregnancies. It does not matter which side a person sympathizes with more, because only by eliminating unwanted pregnancies can society effectively solve the abortion issue. Eliminating unwanted pregnancies eliminates the need and desire for abortion. That in turn eliminates the need and desire to limit the freedom of woman.

It does not matter, even if a person takes one of the irrational polarized extreme positions and ignores entirely either the value of women's freedom or fetuses' lives. Working cooperatively to reduce and eliminate unwanted pregnancies most effectively achieves both of those specific goals in and of themselves.

Society can use many methods to reduce and eliminate unwanted pregnancies, including all of the following:

So-called "pro-lifers" do not really care about the life and rights of fetuses unless the "pro-lifers" take the agreeable anti-abortionist position of using methods such as the above to reduce unwanted pregnancies, and thus reduce the desire for and amount of abortions. Similarly, so-called "pro-choicers" do not really care about freedom and rights of women unless the "pro-choicers" take the agreeable anti-abortionist position of using methods such as the above to reduce unwanted pregnancies, and thus reduce the desire to limit the freedom of women.

If we come together and cooperatively reduce and hopefully eliminate unwanted pregnancies, then we will have solved the abortion issue, which would end the cancerous plague that the abortion issue causes to politics and society.

We must reduce unwanted pregnancies not only to protect the lives of fetuses and the freedom of women, but also to get the cancerous debate out of politics, thus freeing up our social and political systems to tackle the entire array of problems facing our world.