I am confused about the current abortion debate. I am a registered independent, and this issue is a wash when I consider my vote.
I am against abortion, but my conservative side says it is not the government’s place to intrude on a woman’s choice. What I don’t understand is the far right’s stance.
I have never had to face the choice myself, but I would be willing to bet that most abortions are a result of out-of-wedlock pregnancies or of a woman’s belief that she’s unable to financially support the child.
The result of fewer abortions by these groups will mean more children born to a single parent or to already poverty-stricken families. Any research on that issue shows that children born to those circumstances are much more likely to need government benefits. Providing government benefits to economically challenged individuals is something the far right hates.
The catch-22 would make Joseph Heller proud. I don’t know the answer, but it seems the vast amount of time and money invested in the abortion issue might be better used to alleviate the need for abortions: sex ed and better overall education that would allow people to escape poverty.