Tommy: The logic of the abortion debate

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
May 21, 2019 - 10:53 am

It was a very interesting hour between 9 and 10 this morning as we listened to and discussed both sides of the pro-life

And pro-choice issue.

For what it’s worth here’s my take:

It seems for whatever reason, the entire abortion issue has been coated with what is intended to be a kinder, gentler veneer.  Rather than being pro-abortion or anti-abortion we’ve come to use the terms pro-life and pro-choice.  It certainly sounds better and seems less harsh but it doesn’t change the reality.

I’m a fairly pragmatic person and often revert to logic when it comes to analyzing positions issues such as abortion.  Alabama just passed a law prohibiting abortions unless the life of the mother is at stake. President Trump and even Pat Robertson disagree.  They say abortions should be legal in cases of rape or incest as well as to save the life of the mother.  Here’s where the logic confuses me.

If you think abortion is killing a baby, then logic would dictate that it is never acceptable.  If you think abortion is killing a baby. but is okay in the above instances, then you’re putting yourself in the position of saying when infanticide is acceptable without giving the person who is pregnant a voice in deciding under what circumstances THEY deem it acceptable.  They are the ones, after all, who will have to take care of the child that will be brought into the world. 

If you’re in the abortion-is-wrong-under-any-circumstances camp, would you not bear some responsibility in the caring for and raising of the child that you insisted be born?  And, at what point does that responsibility end?  Buying diapers?  Mentoring through adulthood?  Seeing to it that the child has a proper education?  Food to provide for a healthy diet?  And until when?  Pre-teen?  High school?  And what about college tuition?

In either instance it seems the adage applies:  You better watch what you ask for, because you may just get it.

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