Abortion is still a major topic of debate, and the definitive answer on when life begins is discussed by people from all walks of life and across political aisles. Even when talking with left-leaning individuals, there are still disagreements as to when a fetus is no longer just “a clump of cells.”
But if this issue is unclear, and the interpretations of where the line should be drawn are so complex on both sides, why have policymakers already decided for us?
According to Jennifer Rubin with the Washington Post, the DNC holds a “radical” party platform on the interpretation of Roe V. Wade. In commenting on the DNC’s 2012 election platform, she noted the following:
[T]he platform explicitly opposes any (parental notification, partial-birth abortion) regulation of abortion and considers public funding of any type of abortion to be a “right.” This means the Democratic Party would favor, for example, public funding of partial-birth abortions. Now, that is extreme.
This position, however, cuts against the majority of Americans’ opinions about abortion. Jennifer Harper with The Washington Times analyzed several polls, and discovered that 81 percent of Americans–including 66 percent of pro-choice advocates–would place some kind of restriction on the practice.
Gallup Polling, the leader in scientific national polling, shows a similar divided trend. According to polls taken in May 2016, 50 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal only under specific circumstances, and 19 percent said it should be entirely illegal. Only 29 percent said it should be legal under any circumstances. In focusing on “legal under any circumstances” abortion policies, politicians ignore a whopping 69 percent of the population.
According to radio host and commentator Elisha Krauss, European abortion policies are in many cases much more conservative than US policy. European governments have implemented restrictions on partial-birth abortions, and most abortions past 22 weeks are banned or scrutinized by government agencies. A major reason that abortion in European countries is as regulated as it is today is not because those countries are more pro-life, but rather because they want to properly represent the will of their citizens.
It is irresponsible for elected leaders to ignore the views of the American people, especially on such a divisive and emotionally-driven issue. Whether someone is pro-life or pro-choice, this issue is being misrepresented by our government and needs to change. The internal conflicts within both parties, the overwhelming statistics showing support for regulation, and existing policies in other nations paint a very different picture than the one shown by the mainstream media.