Morals Versus Politics: The Conundrum of Abortion

| January 28, 2019

You can’t be both morally pro-life and politically pro-choice when it comes to abortion.

Pro-choice advocates rejoiced on Jan. 22 when a new law was passed in the state of New York which protects legal rights for late-term abortions, according to CBS News.

The Reproductive Health Act states that a health professional can make the decision to legally perform an abortion if, “the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”

The passage of this bill has been met with a great deal of controversy. People on both sides have taken strong stances, and innocent lives are caught in the middle.

In one sense, I understand why people are fighting so hard for the right to have an abortion. I cannot imagine being told my life is in danger because of my unborn child, or that there is no chance my child would survive outside the womb. Those are impossible situations, and I grieve for the women who are faced with them.

Many people who are pro-life have chosen to say that, while they themselves would not get an abortion for moral reasons, they see no problem in allowing others to make that choice. They have decided to separate their personal convictions from society’s laws in order to appease their own conscience and the culture around them.

If you are against abortion morally because you believe a fetus is a living human being, then abortion is murder. Being morally pro-life yet politically pro-choice is inherently impossible.

Merriam-Webster defines life as, “the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body.”

Life is life. The definition does not change between a moral debate and a political one. If a fetus is a living human in the uterus of a woman against abortion, then it is a living human in the uterus of a woman who is pro-abortion. The only thing that changes is the person’s perception.

As a society, we have taken to heart the idea of “finding your truth.” Facts tend to give way in the face of ever-changing perspectives, and telling someone “you’re wrong” is inconsiderate and politically incorrect.

But every American is entitled to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” If you believe an unborn child has life, they have the right to keep it.

We talk often about the rights of the mother and “my body, my choice,” but ignore the fact that an unborn child has a body, too. “My body, my choice” should apply to both mother and child, shouldn’t it?