As long as the polar opposite pro-life and pro-choice factions struggle against each to justify their own sides, the impasse concerning abortion will remain.
The pro-choice side seems to say, “A woman has the right to choose how she uses her body for reproduction. It’s her body, after all.”
The pro-life side seems to say, “Life begins the moment the sperm reaches the egg and life is precious. It should be allowed to live no matter if the mother’s life is endangered any month in the process or if the fetus was the product of the rape of an 11-year-old.”
Such opposing concepts can never be reconciled unless each side finds the kernel of truth in the others.
When pro-choice agrees that life, indeed, begins at conception, that promiscuity is to be shunned and that abortion is to be avoided except in such dire instances as rape, incest and mothers’ endangerment, and when pro-life admits that our nation has always had laws supporting killing in certain circumstances, such as self-defense, capital punishment and wars, the two sides might move toward reconciliation.
Both factions must acknowledge the vital and total difference between abortion and contraception. Human contraception and real family planning are vitally necessary for the future well-being of all inhabitants on this planet.
Although our Earth’s overpopulation dilemma has been ignored for years, population growth has galloped along. By the end of October, our world will number 7 billion inhabitants. Just 12 short years ago, it reached 6 billion. A mere 50 years ago, in 1960, we were only 3 billion!
Is it an exaggerated dream to consider that if pro-choice and pro-life groups could reconcile on abortion and embrace the necessity for worldwide contraception availability and practice, that working together, they might help make our planet livable for future inhabitants?