The issue with abortion is a sensitive topic. It has strong religious ties, moral and ethical arguments, and deep emotional drive. A few vague definitions in the rulebook sparked a fire, and now this fire burns to control what choices those people make.
I write this as a proposal, an offer. I cannot present a master solution for something bound by religion and the definition of life, as those views vary too far for any one person to comprehend. However, I have come across something interesting, a common denominator between the opposing sides, and that is why I am writing this. This is aimed more at pro-life supporters, but applies to both sides in the end.
On each side, there are advocates that considered abortion. On the choice side, some people support it because they aborted what would have negatively changed their lives, placed them into a certain future. They weren’t done growing themselves. On the life side, some people support it because they went through an abortion and regretted it. They thought exactly as the choice advocates did, but regretted their decision afterwards. They learned a lesson in life, and grew because of it.
That’s the denominator, right there! That common ground for those advocates can resolve their argument. It’s a part of growing up, becoming who you become. People need choices to make. They need the freedom to make mistakes, because without that freedom they would never learn those valuable life lessons. People who considered abortion didn’t do it with the snap of their fingers. They made a permanent decision they have to live with every single day the rest of their lives. Those who chose to abort the pregnancy, and those who chose to endure the pregnancy. Do you see where they come from? They all grew from the decision they made. Every person is unique, and not every person agrees with every other person, but disagreeing with them doesn’t always make them wrong.
I say allow abortion. Allow that choice. Allow the parents to together decide on the future, to control pregnancy beyond that mere moment of conception.
Here’s the good part. I’m not saying people should stop being an advocate for their side. But think- if the law controls that choice, nobody will listen to why you believe what you believe. If the law allows choice, you can do even more. You can keep advocating for what you believe, but instead of open exclamations you can help others, give them perspective on their decisions, and make a difference on a personal level. I’m saying allow freedom of choice, and people will want to hear what you have to say. Through that, you can help people make a smart decision and grow, instead of learning little because the law made a decision for them. Argue any other point you like (they are valid, I respect them wholeheartedly), but in the end the only people who really have to deal with the consequences of the decisions they made are those who made that decision.