There may be no single divisive issue in the U.S. among even well-educated people than the issue of abortion. What generations ago was a deep dark secret, with the sort of back-alley disgraced physicians performing rudimentary abortions often in dingy and unclean surroundings, Abortion now is even a major political problem.
What is obvious is that the divisions are social as well as religious. There are many who dispute the notion about when life begins. Catholics and conservative Evangelical Christians see birth as beginning at conception. Others see life as not being viable until the baby is born. The very notion of wanting or needing an abortion- for whatever reason, be it rape, incest, economic problems or even the fragility of mother and/or fetus has turned into a political matter of the woman's right to choose.
One needs to examine both sides of the issue as well as realize that Abortion is no longer a secret last-minute device. Abortions have become numerous. Here is proof: 43% of American women will have an abortion in their life-time, if current rates are sustained....But few women share the details beyond a small circle of loved ones because the experiences don't fit neatly into a debate that centers on moral absolutes. "According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, approximately 1 out of 3 women in the United States will have had an abortion by age 45. It's fair to say that the majority of Americans have either had an abortion or know someone who has experienced one" ("While...Abortion" 276). It is the fact that too many people see the abortion issue as either black or white, with no sustainable middle ground that truly causes the rift and the often vicious arguments. One cannot truly say that one side is more correct than another. But it is important to see both sides:
In the current political campaign, there is really not a clear-cut objective difference. Neither candidate has come out sp...