“This issue is not about party politics. It’s not about obstructionism. It is about saving lives and protecting pro-life Americans across the country,” Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pennsylvania, said.
I wish there was a way to end this debate for good and keep abortion out of politics.
The fact is, “pro-life” Americans do not need protection from abortion. They are not in any danger.
The next fact is, American society requires access to safe abortions. Women will have abortions either way. The only question is whether or not they will live through it.
In the face of such evidence, it’s disingenuous for opponents of legal abortion to claim a moral high ground campaigning for policy that will not reduce abortions and will severely increase the risk to women’s health. A sincere proponent of life would do better to focus their energy in more productive arenas.
The late Harry Browne sums it up well:
Every day you spend trying to get the government to do something to reduce abortions is a day wasted, a day that could have been spent doing something effective about abortion – such as working for less-restrictive adoption laws [and] encouraging private educational efforts to show young women the alternatives to abortion …
Itâ€™s hard to argue against the logic of this point.
But how to move this issue out of government and into the third sector where it clearly belongs?
Iâ€™d like to see an amendment that says something like this:
1. The right of citizens of the United States to safe abortion shall not be denied by the United States or by any State.
2. The Congress shall have power to appropriate funds to promote the progress of Abortion Prevention.
Itâ€™s win win. Legal abortion would no longer be an issue and the government can throw a ton of money at the people and organizations that have a chance of decreasing it. Everybody would be happy and there will be one less wedge issue to distract from judicial nominations, elections, the health care debate, etc.