Monday, January 10, 2005

Abortion Middle Ground?

While cruising Democratic Underground, I found this honest post.

"This is a bit of a touchy subject, so I thought I would give a little bit of info about my own experience before I ask my question......For starters I'm a man. I have never been in a situation where I was involved with my partner having an abortion. In other words, I don't have a lot of experience on this issue. I was witness to my now current wife making a decision not to abort, and proceed with her pregnancy, resulting in our now current daughter (my wife and I were married after our daughter was born). Enough of that, here's my question: Is there a middle between the views from both sides on the abortion issue? Is there any way to work things out on this topic (especially before the next few elections)? This is a tough one because you would have to somehow respect the views of one group without compromising the rights of another. I am sure this has been discussed before; I am very curious as to whether or not anybody has any solutions/ideas on this."

There is of course, a middle ground and the libertarian position has it. (Also known as "the way it was intended to work in the first damn place) Strict adherance to the constitution calls for federalism in these areas. It is possible to hold to either the pro-life or the pro-choice position in your heart and believe that roe v. wade was bad case law. This, of course will cause the average linear thinker to stop reading right now. However, if you uphold the value of freedom over the idea that an abortion is a constitutionally protected right it is not that difficult. If roe were overturned, it is a fallacy to suggest as many on the left do, that the very next day abortions would only occur in back alleys. Every state law is now consistent with roe and that would not change over night. Also, the political reality is not the same as it was in 1973. What would happen is, over a decade or so, each state would modify it's own abortion policy to suit it's constituents--the way it should be. Then, if you lived in a state where you did not like the abortion policy, you could work within the sytem to change it, live with it and shut up, or move to a different state! It's called freedom. An idea whose time as come.

However, since the Libertarian party is so wacky on foreign policy, I vote for the Republicans and hold my nose while doing it.

EDIT-- Apply this logic to any of today's hot button issues--inlcuding Same Sex Marriage, and the result is basically the same. Federalism, it's a beautiful thing.


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