The thing that angers me the most is that these policies don’t even have popular support. A majority of the American public believes that abortion should be legal, but a far-right minority has, through political “tricks” like gerrymandering, voter suppression, and the Electoral College, put themselves in power and imposed their will on the rest of us. Five of the nine justices on the Supreme Court were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote.
That’s why it’s so immensely frustrating when liberals’ only “solution” is to pester people to vote: In a functioning democracy, that might be enough to see real change, but the US, in its current state, is not a functioning democracy.
While I don’t expect to change your mind on the topic of abortion, I do have some questions I want you to consider. You don’t have to answer them here, but I’d like you to at least think about what your answers would be.
First, are there any circumstances in which you believe abortion is morally justified? Medical complications? Pregnancy resulting from rape? Anything.
If your answer to the first question was yes, and you believe abortion should be permitted in specific cases, I have a second question for you to think about: Do you trust the government to gatekeep which abortions are OK and which are not? Keep in mind, any law restricting abortions, even with exceptions, necessarily puts the state in the position of having to judge what is and isn’t a valid reason to go through the procedure. Will they get it right every time? What happens if they get it wrong?
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