Yesterday, the Detroit Free Press issued an editorial on Democrats for Life's. Though the editorial is fairly positive towards the proposal, considering the Free Press' editorial board's wholehearted allegiance to abortion, there are a few things that deserve comments.
Michigan's abortion rate has crept up gradually since its low point in 1999. It's a trend that should concern everyone, pro-life and pro-choice, and it should boost some of the new coalitions working to ensure fewer women consider this difficult choice.
Why should it concern pro-choice people? If abortion doesn't intentionally end the life of an innocent human being, why should a larger number of abortions concern pro-choice individuals? If the unborn are only part of the woman or parasitic cells why should we be concerned about their demise?
Not every recommendation from Democrats for Life will pass pro-choice muster. They support a prohibition, which recently passed the U.S. House, against helping a minor cross state lines for an abortion without parental notification. This bad bill would make criminals out of friends, siblings, even grandparents, who may only be trying to help in a troubled situation.
Do you mean, "who may only be trying to usurp parental rights?"
Some women will choose abortion no matter what, and it will do this country no credit to force them once again into back-alley procedures. Safe, legal abortion must remain an option.
Imagine someone arguing like this for other issues.
"Some husbands will choose spousal abuse no matter what, and it will do this country no credit to force them into dangerous back-alley beatings. Safe, legal spousal abuse must remain an option."
"Some men will choose rape no matter what, and it will do this country no credit to force rapists into dangerous back-alley rapes. Safe, legal rape must remain an option."
"Some people will choose drugs no matter what, and it will do this country no credit to force them into dangerous back-alley drug use. Safe, legal drug use must remain an option."
All these arguments assume what they are trying to prove. They assume that abortion, rape, spousal abuse, and drug use are things that shouldn't be illegal in an argument that is trying to prove that they should be legal. It is horrible public policy to keep an act legal because people will commit the act even if it is illegal.