I cannot understand the logic of having a group of mostly old, mostly white, mostly well-to-do and mostly males having the power to tell a group of mostly young, mostly racially diverse, mostly poor to middle class and exclusively females what they must do with their decisions on their health and family planning. And unfortunately, this particular group of men also seem to be completely ignorant of even the physiology of reproduction much less being able to understand the psychological issues involved. They have no way of even imagining facing the results of a pregnancy caused by rape or incest or having their very lives endangered by a problematic pregnancy. This is something that could never happen to them.
The truly maddening thing is that abortion is something that both parties really agree upon, and that is to somehow address and reduce abortions. However, Democrats like to address the cause of unwanted pregnancies — therefore they advocate for sex education, free family planning and birth control, prenatal care, adequate health services for women of all income levels, childhood nutritional programs, food stamps and other programs that assist children and their families as they grow. In their efforts to supply these services they encourage funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood.
On the other hand, most Republicans tend to only focus on the result of an unwanted pregnancy and to dictate what the woman is allowed to do, not based upon the very personal circumstances that each woman faces, but upon what their governing party has decided is right. And, as we see in many Muslim countries where the governing party determines what is right or wrong, it is usually women’s rights that suffer the most.
And it seems to be counter-productive when the GOP complains about the “takers” and demonize a woman who is unable to provide for her family without government help by saying “You shouldn’t have children if you can’t support them.” Every woman that considers an abortion is in essence saying that she does not feel that she is in a position to support a child, whether it is because of financial, psychological, physical or other reasons. Yet the GOP makes it harder, if not impossible, for her to have any other option but to have that child.
And the saddest part of all this is that these laws will not end abortions — they will only end safe and affordable abortions. There were always abortions, long before Roe v. Wade. Even ancient tribes, before there were any moral or religious elements, had an understanding of the inherent cruelty of bringing a child into the world without someone able and prepared to love and care for them.