The Divisiveness of the Abortion Debate

Photograph/ThoughtCo.

Photograph/ThoughtCo.

Abortion is usually taken as a clean-cut debate. Most people think that two viewpoints on the topic are available. These two sides are obviously either pro-choice, or pro-life. The terms are used within daily life, politics, and religion. The sides are usually not flexible. However, whatever someones opinion on abortion is, the subject matter is never simple. This is why it should not be treated as such. Sides should not immediately stereotype or go to extremes. Churches shun those who have abortions/recognize the practice, and pro-choice people think pro-lifers are against women rights.

Being “pro-life” or “pro-choice” is more complicated than what the surface shows. The pro-life movement has great morals, but they cannot force their beliefs into banning all abortions. Abortion should be a available choice, when the mother’s life is in danger. Pro-lifers tend to focus on abortion overall, and not the individual cases where it is needed. Banning abortions does not limit them, abortions even take place at higher rates when banned and these happen unsafely. Unsafe practices don’t help anyone. No one is pro-abortion and the stereotype that pro-choice people “support and even encourage murder” is not true. Everyone deserves proper education and healthcare. This will help reduce abortions. We should all try to come together and change society.