Abortion is not black or white, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. Abortion is a problem of humanity – and this era of Abortion in American will be studied by future historians. The folks looking back will recognize the futile and selfish partisan bickering that prolonged the agony of a health care disaster. Both fanatical sides of the debate are wrong. There are solutions.
First: The Problem:
This writer was working in the local Police Station in 1970. Late one night we received a call that a body was laying in an alley. There was an immediate alarm and a quick response because this alley was located in a prosperous neighborhood. The first officers to arrive called for an ambulance – but it was too late – the coroner was next on the call list. The body was that of a 25 year old woman. Blood was everywhere. The coroner’s report said she died of a botched illegal abortion.
We will never know her motive in seeking the avenue that led to her death. We do know that she was not well served. Not well served by her family, her church, her community, her government, or her health care system.
We can only imagine the emotional distress that led to her choices. We can only imagine her sense of abandonment by all who were supposed to love her and care about her. She took the road of lonely despair, and the grim reaper was waiting.
Two years later Roe V. Wade sanctioned legal and clinical abortion. People of my generation and that of my parents breathed a sigh of relief – perhaps we would no longer find dead bodies in alleys. The change in the legal status of abortion has become a health care disaster for our country. The use of abortion as a means of birth control rises to the level of insanity. Government sanctioned insanity.
No one wants government intervention into our lives. No One! Not liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans, religious or atheist, no one! The Government should rightly be our last source of support – but it should be there in that last moment of despair.
The problem is not with the government – the problem sits directly on the shoulders of mean spirited families, heavy handed unforgiving churches, and local communities that refuse to take care of their own. It is truly maddening that we, as humane people, are forced to legislate health care. Even more maddening is the partisan argument that only prolongs the problem. There are compromises that would save lives and bring civility to this dilemma of holocaust proportions.
Here is the message to religious evangelical fundamentalists who are opposed to government intervention – where were you? Where were you when your parishioner was sick, was troubled, was in despair? You ran them off with your righteous indignation – your punishing judgment – your crass selfishness. You were busy building your tabernacle – your super churches – your television career. We see you ranting on Sunday Morning Television – but we don’t see you stepping up to the plate and addressing the real problems. Your bull headed idea that abortion should be illegal, regardless of the mother’s circumstances, prevents any rational solution.
And how about the conflicted liberal – the person who believes that Government can legislate social problems – but does not believe the Government should comment on the lives of the unborn?
We have to recognize that humans are fundamentally flawed as individuals. Collectively, after much debate, we generally make good reasonable decisions. But the partisan politics of contemporary America prevent reasonable debate. The my-way-or-the-highway mentality of both sides of the Abortion issue only prolongs the agony.
The presumption of the Roe V Wade court ruling was based on the premise that a woman has a right to privacy. The premise was that the woman would confer with her family physician – a physician who had the option of counseling and nurturing and caring for his patient. The physician’s hand would not be tied by law. But this is not how the years played out.
The reality is that unscrupulous physicians set up Abortion Clinics. Clinics where the physician had no emotional investment in the woman or her family. Clinics where the objective was to perform mass abortions at several hundred dollars a whack – with no concern or followup with the patient.
The solution to the abortion holocaust is Government regulation of health care – reasonable, thoughtful, commons sense regulation that shuts down the abortion clinics and truly forces the issue into legitimate physician offices and legitimate hospitals.