Across the Aisle: Abortion. Opinion Piece by Andrew Grimley




Andrew Grimley, Staff Writer

Before I give my opinion, I would like to bring up some statistics. 100% of successful
abortions kill an unborn child. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 98.5% of abortions are for reasons other than rape and incest, and to quote the Washington Examiner, “abortion is never
medically necessary.” According to national data, 878,713 abortions were performed in 2017.
That means that 865,532 unborn children have been killed or, as some pro-life advocates put it,
sacrificed upon “the altar of convenience” in 2017. Finally, the Guttmacher Institute projects that 1 in 4 women will have an abortion by age 45.

But why is this legal? In Roe v. Wade (1973) the Supreme Court interpreted that the
14th Amendment guaranteed a right to privacy, the Court interpreted that to mean that you can
do whatever you want with your body, and finally that was interpreted that to mean that you can
tear a child limb from limb as long as it is inside your body. This is a classic example of the
courts trying to make law even though they are supposed to interpret the law that has already
been made.

Even though abortion should be illegal for moral and legal reasons, I am willing to
compromise with pro-choice people. I am willing to keep contraceptives legal. I know it is
impossible to expect everyone to be abstinent until they are ready to have children, and that is
what contraceptives are for. The goal for me is to find any way that women don’t have to
become pregnant if they don’t want to. The second situation where I am willing to compromise
on is rape and incest. Both are horrible and if a woman goes through either of those things, they should not also have to carry a child to term and must deal with the child after he or she is born.

What pro-choice people will try to tell you is that it’s only about the woman’s body and
that if you don’t support abortion then you are against women. There are two reasons for this.
First off they try to silence you by saying that you are against women if you think differently than they do. The second reason why they do this is because they don’t want you to think about the child that is being sacrificed at the “altar of convenience”.

Pro-choice people also say that if you aren’t a woman you have no voice in this and you
should let the women decide. Again, there are two reasons for this. First, they want to silence
half of the population, because silencing people is easier than trying to fight ideas with better ideas. I don’t want to silence anyone. Everyone should be able to have a voice on this issue just like everyone should have a voice on any other issue. Hundreds of thousands of children are being sacrificed at the “altar of convenience” each and every year and those children can grow up to be the next Michael Jordan, the next Elon Musk, or just an ordinary person. However, by taking away their all their inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness they will never be able to live the life that they choose to live because of the mother’s convenience. This leads me to the second reason why pro-choice people say that this is a woman’s issue. They say this because they don’t want you to think of this as the gruesome murder of an unborn child, but just to think of this as a woman’s freedom and gender equality. There is nothing wrong with gender equality, but I believe that there is a problem with women being able to kill an unborn child.

Another point that pro-choice people make is that there is no space for unwanted
children. According to the Adoption Network there are 135,000 children being adopted each
year. I know that is much less than the 878,713 abortions that happen every year because a
mother’s convenience, but if women know that they aren’t able to just go down to their local
Planned Parenthood and get an abortion, then they will most likely not have unprotected sex.

Unless, of course, both the man and the woman think they are ready for kids and they are
positive they will stay together if she does indeed have a child.
The final point I am going to discuss is that pro-choice people think that if we make
abortion illegal, then the amount of back-alley abortions will skyrocket. Most women are
informed about how unsafe back-alley abortions are and probably won’t take the risk. Also, if
you don’t want a child so much that you are willing to risk your life or have a lifetime of disease trying to abort your child, it’s probably a good idea not to have sex.

What laws should be implemented to restrict abortion? This brings up much debate even
between pro-life advocates because there is a question of who is at fault. I believe that the law to restrict abortion should give a penalty of up to life in prison to the abortion doctor. The doctor should be punished because most of the time the woman getting an abortion doesn’t entirely know that the child in her is getting torn apart limb from limb while the child can feel pain, because the abortion clinics want her business.

There are many more points to be made on this issue, but this article is already long
enough. Just remember that your voice matters. No matter if you’re a man or a woman, gay or
straight, pro-choice, pro-life, or pro-abortion, your voice matters on this issue because abortion affects all of us