This has always struck me as two distinct opposing groups using the same word “ abortion” but each having their own idea of what the word actually means.
To pro life forces the word means taking a human life who has no means of defending itself. For pro abortion forces the issue is not about defending a life, it is about a woman being the only person who must bear the responsibility for a pregnancy so, therefore the woman should have total and exclusive control over that pregnancy....even up to the day of birth. This is where the term pro choice comes from.
It seems to me within their own definition both are right and to a degree both equally wrong.
If you throw out the extreamist on both ends of this dispute I think you will find a middle ground, much like what was found with the Roe decision.
We once had homes for unwed mothers where a young woman could go and be cared for during her pregnancy with the understanding they would assist her with the placement of the child in a good home after the child was born. That still seems logical to me. (Particularly under the standards of Roe). Also since I am not a pro life purist I’m all for birth control, and limited use of abortion when other options fail. Past the 20 week point there may still be points where previously attempts to fix a life altering birth defect may not be possible, or an unplanned even occurs where a successful birth is no longer possible. It’s reported to be rare, but not impossible for a situation to develope where the mothers life is at risk, but it is too soon for the baby to survive outside the mother’s body. Sometimes the mother isn’t able to participate in this decision and it is made by a Doctor and Spouse, ect. Under no situation should this process be slowed or clouded by some law passed by some two-bit politician.
We may be approaching the point where this whole issue need to be on the ballot as a formal advisory to all politicians. Both sides believe they represent the “will” of the people, it seems like we really need to know what ‘all’ of the people think.