Over 50 million abortions have been carried out in the United States since 1970, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No one seems to have a middle position on abortion as it has become perhaps the most contentious issue in politics. Either you are pretty hardcore in favor of it or you are pretty hardcore against it. This blog post concerns elective abortions, which account for the majority of induced abortions.
It is difficult for me to understand the reasons why abortion is so heavily favored by democrats. The fervor of support for abortion on the left is analogous to the extreme passion of conservatives for the right to bear arms. It seems counter to democrat support for children, the little guy, poor people, and those who need support going up against the ‘system’. It seems logical on the surface that caring about people and wanting to help the less fornunate would extend to unborn babies. Killing babies just isn’t consistent with wanting to help the less fortunate. Further, there seems to be a racial element to the left’s support of abortion. In a 2009 New York Times article, supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated that there was concern on the left about “growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of”. Imagine the outcry if a conservative talked in such a cavalier way about using eugenics to reduce the number of people we ‘don’t want to have too many of’. It seems to me that elective abortion is not consistent with democrat principles, and is actually well aligned with being libertarian instead. A pro abortion stance also couldn’t possible be considered ‘pro woman’. Presumably half of the 50 million abortions since 1970 were females. It seems fair to say that a ‘woman first’ policy can’t be considered such if it leaves a trail of 25 million dead female babies in its wake.