We live in an era where there is no one single truth – there are only partisan truths. For every democratic truth, their is a republican counter truth. For every sentence in praise of ice-cream, there is a line devoted to its negative health effects. I am reconciled to all that but still there are some partisan “truths” that gall me enough that I need to share them.
I was listening to some conservative radio show yesterday -partly out of boredom and partly out of feeling adventurous and there it was – my moment of high blood pressure (eh?). Anyways, a discussion – more like a reading of crimes at an inquisition – about abortion was going on. Listening to the “pro-lifers”, it was hard not to mistake pro choice as being pro abortion. Abortion is one of the most morally divisive issues seperating this country and one of the few that is worthwhile but most discussion on the topic, as with every other important topic, has always been riled with empty demagoguery. It still comes as a shock to me when people go out of their way to be in my face with libelous diatribe.
I honestly doubt if there exists someone who is pro-abortion. Liberals are about leaving the choice of abortion open for women who need it but at the same time enacting measures which will help women choose otherwise. The fact of the matter is that dichotomous views of society don’t translate into good public policy. If conservatives are seriously interested in curbing abortion rates in this country, they would think about investing more into child healthcare, providing child care at work, legislating paid holidays for new mothers and fathers and devising ways of making the decision of bringing a child into this world financially viable. Outlawing abortion won’t stop abortion – it would just take it into the back alleys or to Mexico where there would be a much graver risk for women’s health. Lets take meaningful steps to curb abortion rates, which have already fallen dramatically due to easy access of contraception, rather than spend time ranting and raving about the Satanic liberal conspiracy.