Despite that fact that we are in the year 2014, one of the issues that continues to be debated is abortion. While I understand the moral debate, believe me I have my thoughts on it, I don’t understand why it continues to be discussed and debated by lawmakers.

January 21, this year, marked the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. The justices back in the 1970s upheld legalized abortion before 24 weeks of pregnancy. It may have been more than four decades ago, but it’s continually debated as if the issue is something new on the political spectrum.

This year alone, thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered on the National Mall for the annual “March for Life” rally. Politicians such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said “Every human life is a precious gift from God, and our law should protect innocent human life.”

On a personal level, I disagree with abortion. I agree with those who feel it’s morally wrong. However, as a woman, I also feel a woman has a right to choose, and I believe we should respect the 40-year-old ruling that was put in place primarily because women were dying in efforts to get illegal abortions.

Now, we have Arizona finding ways to make getting abortions harder. Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law to make it legal to conduct unwarranted searches on abortion clinics.

It’s bills like this that make me point to the Republicans celebrating it and say, “hypocrite.”

When it comes to guns, it’s Republicans who argue constitutional protection, who fight non-stop to stop increased background checks, and create stricter gun laws. However, despite an official Supreme Court ruling deeming an abortion constitutional, it’s Republicans making new laws to stop them, making it a political issue year after year.

While I know I will get the usual guns and abortions are not the same thing – I realize that. What I am saying is laws protected by the constitution are.

Whether an abortion is right or wrong, they are legal and every state spending time debating the issues, or passing ridiculous laws to make a woman seeking one have a harder time, you are wrong and you are doing nothing but wasting money that will have to be spent on legal fees when these laws are challenged in the court system.

A prime example is a recently court ruling in North Dakota where a judge ruled the law that outlawed abortions when there is a heartbeat present, as early as six weeks, is unconstitutional.

In 2013 alone, a CNN report said 24 states adopted 53 anti-abortion measures. On the flip side, 10 states have adopted only 16 pro-life measures.

I believe a growing number of Americans are growing tired of the continual power struggling happening at the state and federal levels. When Republicans have control, they push their issues – ie: making it hard for women to get an abortion. When Democrats have control, they push their main agendas.

At some point, lawmakers need to realize the people are watching and they are tired of the big issues being ignored. In case one or two of them read this, those big issues you seem to forget exist include the economy.

I believe a growing number of middle class families are drowning. Taxes go up, utility rates go up, food costs go up and our paychecks either stay the same or go down. 

We are tapped out, and I for one, am not interested in changing a procedure that was ruled legal by our nation’s higher court 40 years ago.

To those writing these anti-abortion laws session after session, I say get over it and move on. Stop deflecting and move on to fixing real problems.

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John Flanagan

The position that one is personally opposed to abortion, but believes it is the right of others to abort their children would be similar to a person living in pre-Civil War America stating that they personally oppose slavery but it is acceptable for others to be pro-slavery. This idea is morally untenable.
With 50 million unborn children destroyed in the womb since Roe vs Wade, the statistics of the abortion industry state categorically that in more than 90 percent of abortions, the reason is the child was unwanted, inconvenient, interfering with a woman's self interest alone, while a fraction were done because of the woman's health, incest, or rape.
We are speaking about a child, not a lump of tissue, an unborn child made in the image of God. That is the issue, and feminism aside, should women's rights be placed before the simple right of a child to live and breathe? As I am pro-life, I have followed the gains and losses of the movement over decades, and it should be pointed out that many of the most ardent and effective voices in the pro-life corner are...women! If it seems morally wrong to destroy an unborn child, and if this pricks the conscience of many Americans, than it is simply because we inherently know it is evil. This notion outrages the pro-abortion groups, many feminists, and Planned Parenthood, as they view this as a right, and the innocent child in the way of the exercise of this right must be sacrificed.
I suppose the clear facts, known by physicians, obstetricians, scientists, and accepted by people of faith, have been lost on the pro-abortion politicians, the profiteers at Planned Parenthood, and on a sizable number of American women....the fact that upon conception the tiny tenant in the human womb grows 3-4 weeks the babies head and spine are forming, arm buds appear, than the little legs begin to emerge. The process continues the way God intended and by 10 weeks there are eyelids, fingernails. By 20 weeks the child is very active and had gained weight. There is no doubt to anyone but the most callous that this child is viable and precious, yet politicians like Obama and a large slew of pro-abortion Democrats and some Republicans supported even late term abortion as an established Constitutional right. What nation can claim to aspire to a high standard where unborn children perish so casually?
No. It is not time to move on. So long as abortions are being conducted so willfully in our land, the pro-life movement will live on. We cannot abandon the little children yet to be born. It is a battle worth fighting. And despite claims to the contrary, God is on our side.

A Citizen

Richard, I'm not going to get into all the points where we disagree, but I just wanted to point out that it was Abraham Lincoln himself who said:

They [the slave owners] are just what we would be in their situation.

When they remind us of their constitutional rights, I acknowledge them, not grudgingly, but fully, and fairly.

Paul Lotz

Thelma Grimes poses what I think is an often-asked question. I thought, "I know this one!" I would offer for consideration in response that the issue of the right to life is in the end a justice issue (not merely a religious issue, although certain religious communities do have principles according to which this stands out more clearly; and still less solely a matter of personal opinion), and a quite essential one. Hence Roe v. Wade could no more bring an end to work on behalf of the unborn (when carried out respectfully and prudently, working as far as possible for the benefit of all parties) than Dred Scott v. Sandford could terminate efforts for those oppressed by the institution of slavery. We are better off because the struggles for justice for all continued.

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