Monday, March 12, 2012
Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Abortion Laws: Pro and Con": When does the Right to Life start and who should decide
I made up my mind about abortion when I was 16, no lie I was a Junior in High School. I was just starting to get into Politics and Current Affairs. This was October, 1992 when I was watching the Gore-Quayle Vice Presidential Debate. And both Sen. Al Gore and Vice President Dan Quayle were asked about their positions on abortion. Sen. Al Gore and then Governor Bill Clinton are both Pro Choice on abortion. Meaning women have the right to make that decision for themselves. Both then President George HW Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle are Pro Life on abortion. Meaning that life starts at conception and an abortion is the taking of innocent life. And they were both laying out their positions and Sen. Gore got me. By basically saying that you may or may not like abortion. But what right does government have to tell women what they can do with their own bodies. That they and their doctors know what's best for their own bodies. And that they don't need or want Uncle Sam making these decisions for them.
If you believe life starts at conception, then you can't be Pro Choice on abortion. Unless you believe women have the right to take innocent life that they are pregnant with. I personally don't like abortion and would never advise a women to get one. Unless she needed it to save her life or health but at the same time its not up to me. Or government to make that decision for her but at the same time just because I believe she has that right. And according to Roe V Wade she does, I don't believe I should be forced to subsidize that choice she may or may not make. Meaning that she needs to come up with the funds on her own. Or have it covered by her Health Insurance but I don't believe in Tax Payer funding for abortions. Meaning I support the Hyde Amendment from 1975 or 76. US Rep. Henry Hyde from Republican from Illinois. Again I'm Pro Choice but that Tax Payers shouldn't be forced to pay for that Choice.
Whether your Pro Choice or Pro Life on abortion, it really comes down to when you believe life starts. And what role if any you believe government has in controlling what people do with their own bodies. And also do you believe that Tax Payers should be forced to subsidize the choices of others. Especially if they disagree with the choices that they are making.