The Supreme Court is taking up a case that could seriously limit abortion. Mississippi banned abortion after 15 weeks, and now the Supreme Court is considering the case. While I have fears this may not turn out how I’d like it to, I want to make the case for why America should ban abortion. So, I am going to take a look at the reasons why it should be banned as well as how to go about it. Hopefully, by looking at some other examples, we can see how this can be accomplished.
“Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime. Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.”–Pope Francis
What is abortion?
This is the first question we must address if we want to decide whether or not it should be illegal. Until we know what an act is, we cannot judge whether it should be illegal or not. Abortion is the purposeful killing of a human being in the womb. If that is the case, then I would argue it ought to be illegal – just like murder. Basically, the difference between a procured abortion and murder is the location of the victim. This is the central issue for having a discussion about abortion
Reasons to ban abortion
There are many reasons why we should to ban abortion. But, as I discussed above, it is important that we don’t allow people to murder others. If abortion was simply taking out a parasite or a part of the woman’s body, we’d think differently. However, because it is the direct killing of a human being it should not be allowed. I see no reason why this should be allowed and murder be illegal
Countries that have banned abortion:
According to World Population Review, here are the countries that have outlawed abortion:
- Dr Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Republic Of The Congo
- Sao Tome And Principe
- Marshall Islands
- San Marino
Here’s a further resource in case you were looking to learn more.
States that have restricted abortion:
What you’ll find is that more conservative states have stricter abortion laws and more liberal states are more lax or even encourage it. Ballotpedia has a resource where you can dive in further. The problem is that the Supreme Court has shot down many restrictions on abortion over the decades since Roe vs. Wade.
Because we are a republic and a union of sovereign states, America has many different abortion policies. And, I think our laboratories of liberty are generally good. However, when lives are at stake (in the hundreds of thousands per year) I don’t want a diversity of policy. Instead, I want a unified front against this heinous crime.
How we ban abortion
While I’d like to see us ban abortion all at once, I doubt it’ll happen that way. So, I think the best course of action is to take any step toward restricting abortion possible. Furthermore, we should find ways to restrict abortion completely. But, we have to change people’s minds on the issue. In order to do that effectively, we have to find a way to make the reality of abortion plain.
In addition, we have to do it within the law as it is. We should seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, but that can’t be the only thing. We should fight in states where we can get laws passed to restrict abortion as hard as we can. By doing that, we could try many different policies to see what is effective as well as what is palatable to the public. In a nation like America, we have to convince people that our policies are right. It can’t be forced on anyone, but has to be chosen by the voting public.