OPINION: Either Extreme on Abortion is Counterproductive


On the other hand, banning abortions in any and all cases is also pointless. History has proven that women who truly want abortions will find ways to get them, even if they’re outlawed. We saw this decades ago when women threw themselves down stairs, used wire hangers, and otherwise employed dangerous means to end unwanted pregnancies. Forced birth does not save life.

Finding a Middle Ground on the Abortion Debate

Compromise is the best way to find a middle ground as it pertains to the abortion debate. This means allowing abortions with certain caveats and cut-off points, namely when the fetus reaches certain levels of viability. Another part of finding a middle ground means not expecting taxpayers to fund abortions.

Some individuals have moral and/or religious aversions to abortions and have made the case that their tax dollars shouldn’t be funding them. This is a fair argument; the expectation that someone should pay for their own abortion is not an unreasonable one.

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When it’s all said and done, both extremist positions on abortion toxically feed into one another. In the long run, this only breeds animosity and prevents arrival at real solutions. Compromise on the abortion debate means that both sides will get some, but not all, of what they want.