Abortion Issue

I have been soul searching a long time concerning the abortion issue. The so called extreme “liberals” seem to be in favor of a total hands off approach with the pregnant woman having complete decision making authority up to and including partial birth abortion. Seems extreme to me. On the other hand, the so called extreme “conservatives” seem to be against any abortion whether the pregnancy is from rape or incest or whether the pregnant woman’s life is at risk medically or even if the “woman” is 12 years old. Many of this camp are against any birth control measures and certainly against the “morning after” pill. This seems equally extreme to me. The former has become the Democrat position and the latter the Republican one. They are both crazy.

I have lived long enough to remember the days before Roe v.s. Wade and the legalization of abortion. I remember stories of women and back alleys and coat hangers. I absolutely know that there was a “go to” person in my hometown for women wanting to terminate a pregnancy. He was not a medical doctor but was in a health care profession. Women died. Others wound up hemorrhaging and in the emergency room of our hospitals.

It seems to me we need to get real about this. Neither position will work. Late term abortion is barbaric. No abortion under any circumstances and no birth control is equally barbaric. A middle ground must be reached and agreed to. There should be a period, say the first trimester, where the woman does have the absolute right to make what decision she wishes regarding continuation of a pregnancy. After that, no deal unless a bona fide medical threat to the life of the woman develops. It is that simple.

If the conservatives want it to be a no-abortion under any circumstances world and thereby imposition of their view of morality, they should be required to sign up for adoption of and responsibility for children of women who would have chosen abortion in the first trimester over continuing a pregnancy. Seems pretty straight forward to me.

We are coming up to a national election. It is my view that the Republicans will lose important moderate and independent votes if they take an abortion extreme view and state such in their party platform. This is a shame because this country cannot stand another 4 years of the present administration in the Senate or the White House.


About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As one of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest for 85 years, I have a deep belief in a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent, truthful, and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I also hold three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science, the environment, government, and politics. I have very little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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