22 August 2007

A Highly Debateable Subject

As I was driving down the road yesterday on my way to work, I noticed a SUV in front of me in the lane next to mine with a bumper sticker that stated "Catholics vote pro-life" and it got me thinking. As a Catholic myself, I am against abortion, but I began to think about the abortion debate and its political ramifications objectively. It was at this point when my propensity to say "I agree" was blocked by my understanding of free will. That's when I noticed that the abortion debate was an issue of freedom and identification. I believe that abortion is wrong, however it is not my place (nor anyone else's) to assert my viewpoint on other people. Here's why:
Firstly, a clearcut definition of what it means to be a person, and here in the United States a precise definition of what it means to be a citizen, must be firmly and legally established. In the United States, every citizen has a social security number to establish themselves as a legal resident. However, some argue that the fetus is an actual person as well. This would mean that since a fetus is not assigned a social security number, it would be considered an illegal alien. Therefore, registration of every pregnancy must be taken. But if a fetus is aborted, what then? Well, to those proponents of the "pro-life" argument, then it would be considered murder, and punishable to the fullest extent of the law, particularly under "Premeditated murder." However, what becomes of a naturally lost fetus? Does the fetus now become part of the national average of deaths per square mile? What about someone who has lost their fetuses multiple times? Should they be considered suspectable offenders? Also, what of women or men who undergo operations to prevent pregnancy? Are we also to consider those people in violation of interfering with a fetus's right to life?
Secondly, creating a law that bans abortion violates the basic fundamental right to do however they wish with their body and also dictates how a person is to raise their children. Either way, it would cause a large number of murder cases that the criminal system in the United States is in no way qualified or retrofitted to support. And even more fundamentally, a law prohibiting abortion based on the belief that a fetus is a person (since this can not be founded on science but rather on philosophy) would ultimately violate the First Amendment - Freedom of Religion, or rather, the freedom to choose one's own beliefs.
All religion aside, the political ramifications of abortion are very, very far reaching. They deal with defining exactly who is a United States citizen as well as what freedoms we have as citizens. Factor in the religious aspect and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster. But, like anyone who has gotten involved in this debate, I propose a solution to which (if they think objectively and not subjectively, as many religious folk are very subjective though claim to be objective) many can benefit: drop the subject. Do it. Let the topic of abortion disappear, and let those who seek it deal with the social consequences when anti-abortionists find them, but do not allow the government to become involved. This is something, like many other things, that if the government dropped the issue, eventually the people will forget and everything will be fine. Besides, as religious individuals, we try to "save" other people, but you can not save those who do not wish to be, and the government will do no better than you at it if they step into the realm of religion just as they are not allowed to. So just drop it, forget it, and move on to saving the world from impending disaster: move away from fossil fuels and try to find a cure for cancer. Those endeavors will probably be more fruitful than anything else.

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