Find a compromise in pro-life and pro-choice controversy

By on November 6, 2012

Since the decision of Roe v. Wade was made in 1973, it was ruled by the Supreme Court that under the 14th Amendment, a woman had the right to have an abortion. This effectively divided the country into pro-life and pro-choice factions. It is a serious matter not only due to the effects on having an abortion, but also because of the concerns of the life of the baby. Arguments have been thrown back and forth with both sides saying and doing things that go too far; these extremists hurt their causes more than help and can hurt people physically or mentally.

Recently, Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate in Indiana, decided to become pro-life because he “came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen” (New York Times). This disturbed many people who cannot fathom that something as horrible as rape is something God wanted. In 2011, pro-choice supporter Theodore Shulman, with a long history of threatening pro-life supporters, was arrested by the FBI for interstate threats of two pro-life supporters. Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, an antiabortion organization said, “He was always brazen in his threats and openly identified himself, telling us not to bother calling the FBI because they would never do anything for us. Thankfully, he was wrong about that,” however, she was not one of those directly threatened by him (Politics Daily).

There are many cases where abortion is necessary because there is a threat to the mother’s life. While pro-life myself I, can understand why a woman might get an abortion if there was danger. However, in cases like that of Caitlin Moran, author of “How to be a Woman,” she wrote about choosing to have an abortion because she didn’t want any more children. “Given the subject matter,” she writes, “it seems odd to say that this is the happy ending — but it is. … Every time I sleep through the night, I am thankful for the choice I made. When the youngest graduates out of diapers, I’m relieved there isn’t a third one” (USA Today). I do not believe that getting an abortion simply because a person no longer wishes to have additional children is a valid reason. The baby (ies) could easily be put up for adoption, living happy lives while the parents can go on how they wished. Sadly, many people never think of these options.

Many pro-choice supporters often think that the baby is not a person until it has been born, but that is a mistake. A man’s sperm must travel to a woman’s egg; however, a man can release 200-600 million sperm at a time, suggesting that every single person alive had a one in 2,000,000-6,000,000 chance of having the opportunity to be born. Right now the person next to you could easily be one in millions of other possibilities but they are still a person. Before a baby is even made, it is fighting for the chance to be born and live.

With that in mind, how can it not be called a person? People will always have their opinions on different matters, but I hope we can all come to an understanding and find a way to make both sides happy.

Eric Kaemmerer
Staff Writer
ekaem2@uab.edu

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