debate has shades of gray
either with us, or against us. Humans have always
limited the possibilities of choice by creating a two-sided
argument. Fear and Love. Good and Evil. Peacetime and
Wartime. Pro-life and pro-choice. The fact of the matter
is that there exists a myriad of positions one can take
in any argument, but we as humans like our issues black
and white with no gray. The trouble is that most arguments
occur in the uncertainty of the gray.
Our generations most divisive issue is abortion.
At times the issue becomes more important than the principle
behind it. Pro-lifers bombing abortion clinics is the
paradigm case, but there are radicals on either side
of the debate which make the rest of the groups they
belong to look evil. So lets cast aside the radicals
and look at the different issues that make an already
polarized issue even more heated.
What if the mothers life is in jeopardy? They
may not want a child aborted, but would they want someone
taken off life-support? Its easy to say you are
pro-life, but how many people actually think about the
principle behind that and apply it to the plethora of
Pro-choice runs into problems as well. Should we allow
third or second trimester abortions? What if the woman
uses it as a form of birth control because she just
cant be bothered by other methods? Where does
the right to choose your own life end and murder begin?
What is life? How do you justify eating an animal? Eating
a plant? Going to war? Most people dont even care.
They would rather leave it to someone else, because
it doesnt affect them. If the government outlaws
abortion again, it would be as if the government was
dictating what women can and cannot do with their own
bodies yet again. Is that right? Is it fair that a woman
gets stuck with a baby, yet a guy can skip out as long
as he can avoid a paternity test?
With a burgeoning world population, should we be putting
unwanted children in overcrowded orphanages, or should
we simply end the pregnancy to keep the population down?
And then the extreme point of view, should we issue
With all of the positions, something has to give if
we are to ever find a solution. Let me pose a compromise
for you to consider. Abortion is allowed in the first
three months of pregnancy if the mother has used another
method of birth control to avoid pregnancy. In return,
schools should teach all forms of safe sex, and make
birth control available for all those who choose to
have sex. Now you are probably saying Children
shouldnt be having sex. They arent ready.
Well at what point is anyone ready? It is ultimately
up to the individual.
Some say wait until marriage, but laws stop people from
doing that until they are 18 (16 in some states). Its
much easier to wait until marriage when you dont
have hormones telling you to go for it. Sure, sex out
of wedlock is more common now, but until very recently
good Christian countries had people married at 13. So
is it that more teenagers are having sex, or rather
we as a society created the problem of premarital sex?
So what position is the right one? Thats a question
you must answer for yourself. Consider the issue for
on your own terms. Do what feels right to you, and respect
the views of others.
Chatman is a sophomore news-editorial journalism major
from Fort Worth.