Conservatives need to choose a side when it comes to the issue of abortion

Abortion. It’s one of the most divisive and intense political topics being discussed in America today. Getting wrapped up in the debate is easy. That’s why I’m writing about it.

Yes, life is sacred. Whether you are religious or not, most people can agree that there is a value to life. There is no debate there. It’s just when the gunpowder of politics meets the wick of irrational people that we get the firestorm we have. Let’s be blunt about this issue. It is a woman’s right to choose what she will do with her body. The government should not be in the business of prohibiting women from getting an abortion if and when they see fit.

The paradox that I see in this debate is that the vast majority of people who champion being “pro-life” are only pro-life up until birth. It is truly a hole in their argument to acknowledge, considering abortions tend to affect demographics who are marginalized socio-economically. That is to say, “pro-life” people tend to oppose social programs that would help young, marginalized mothers. Some of these programs are: universal health care, guaranteed maternity leave, maternity assistance, free education, etc. These are typically opposed by people on the conservative side of the aisle. If one is truly “pro-life” why not be “pro-life” all the way through?

Another problem that I see with the “pro-life” argument in general is that it completely and totally objectifies women. Often, we hear arguments from conservative candidates in presidential debates of hypothetical situations (which do happen) where a woman is raped, and the question is brought up about whether or not she should be able to get an abortion.

Almost unanimously, the Republican presidential candidates say no, she should not. That begs the question: are women solely here to give birth? The answer is no. Regardless of the situation, women should have the right to choose their own path of life. And if that path does not include having a child, so be it.

Lastly, the biggest problem that I have with this topic is how innately hypocritical the conservatives who are “pro-life” can be. They preach small government. We hear how the individual is the most important part of society. Except, of course, if you are a woman who wants to choose what she can do with her body. No no, that is where the government has to come in. The government can step in and tell a woman what to do during one of the toughest and most heart-wrenching decisions she can make in her entire lifetime.

There is something deeply wrong with this mentality. It’s time for conservatives to stop going half-way with things.
Either they admit that they are wrong about this issue and go fully “pro-life” with regards to social programs, or they don’t. Either they acknowledge that women are people too, or they don’t. Either they practice what they preach, or they remain hypocrites.

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Charlie is a junior at Loras College. He is a media studies major with a minor in politics. This is his first semester with LCTV News. He is excited to be covering news and politics for the Dubuque area.

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