Those of you who know me, have read my blog or listened to me speak on CRF Radio, know that I’m a fiscal and constitutional conservative, but that I’m more of a moderate on the social issues. So it should come as no surprise that I’ve never written about prophylactic-contraception or abortion.
Frankly, until President Obama made it an issue by putting a mandate in the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) that requires hospitals and schools run by religious institutions – as well as private companies run by people of faith – to provide coverage for contraception and the “morning after” pill in their healthcare coverage, it wasn’t something I felt a need to address in any great detail.
I believe that Roe v. Wade was decided incorrectly because it’s a Tenth Amendment, State’s rights issue. The Supreme Court should have ruled to let each state make their own laws and then Congress should have passed a law protecting a woman that goes to a state that permits abortion from being prosecuted when/if she returned to her home state. If you don’t like the laws in your state, you’re free to move to another state. As the census showed us, in the last 10 years millions of Americans have left states like New York and California and moved to states like Texas and Florida. So evidently, whatever their reasons, people do and have voted with their feet.
I want to try to examine both contraception and abortion in terms of the so-called “moral high ground”, which somehow Democrats seem to have seized (at least in the media).
I should note that I have no objection to people using contraception. That is a personal choice. And frankly it’s also the personal responsibility of both the man and the woman if they choose to have sex and don’t want to have a child. What I do have a problem with is people expecting taxpayers and people of faith that disagree to pay for what happens in their bedrooms.
I also should make it clear where I personally stand on abortion. I neither want to outlaw all abortions, nor do I think it should be legal to terminate a pregnancy once the fetus is viable outside the womb. Both positions are extreme to me.
Once the baby can survive outside the mother it is, in my opinion, no longer simply a matter of the woman’s choice. There is clearly another person who has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness involved at that point. And six months is more than enough time to decide to have an abortion if you truly don’t want to have a baby.
Hopefully having clarified my own positions, I want to address the way that progressives like Barack Obama, Sandra Fluke and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz talk about these issues and the “moral high ground” they claim to stand on.
Whether it’s contraception or abortion, progressives claim that the issue is a “woman’s access to healthcare”. This is an intentionally false and deceptive argument.
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