Abortions for Some, Miniature American Flags for OthersPosted: October 16, 2008
Is there some way I can buy Barack Obama a beer? I feel like I need to reward him for his answer to the abortion question at the last debate, and it’s not like I can throw him another vote.
This is an issue that—look, it divides us. And in some ways, it may be difficult to—to reconcile the two views. But there surely is some common ground when both those who believe in choice and those who are opposed to abortion can come together and say, “We should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth, communicating that sexuality is sacred and that they should not be engaged in cavalier activity, and providing options for adoption, and helping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby.” Those are all things that we put in the Democratic platform for the first time this year, and I think that’s where we can find some common ground, because nobody’s pro-abortion. I think it’s always a tragic situation. We should try to reduce these circumstances.
It’s hard to understate how happy these sentences made me. This is the only time in my life I’ve ever heard any politician, pro-life or pro-choice, say something productive about the abortion debate. Obama echoed a lot of stuff that’s been on my mind for years. Specifically, he acknowledged that the only way to make any progress in the debate is to find common ground.
The fundamental problem with the debate over abortion is how both sides have framed their arguments since Roe v. Wade. You’re either for life and against women’s rights, or for women’s rights and against life. What the hell kind of choice is that? Neither side acknowledges that other side is fundamentally concerned with something completely different. You can even hear that in the names the two movements picked for each other. I have to bite my tongue everytime I hear anyone use grating phrases like “anti-choice” or “pro-abortion.” Those sayings represent willful ignorance of the other side’s position. It frames the argument in an “us vs. them” mentality that helps no one, least of all pregnant women and their unborn.
So what’s the solution? Common ground, of course. Both sides need to get together and agree that less abortions is a good thing, regardless of their stance on the morality of the issue. The more we decrease unintentional pregnancies (education and birth control, birth control, birth control), the less anyone needs to even consider abortion. Common ground and common freakin’ sense. It’s something I’ve been saying forever and it’s so refreshing to hear a politician say it.
Barack, (since Blurred Productions is, of course, one of the first things you check every morning) I owe you one beer of your choosing at any bar, any time you want it. Hopefully you’ll be too busy over the next four (or eight) years to redeem it.