So, I had a question pop up into my head recently and it’s caused some reflection. There are two big name issues in the political spectrum of the US right now. One is Universal healthcare, the other is abortion.
The dichotomy between the belief systems of the Democrats and Republicans is very, very curious.
The Republicans want to deny women the right to have an abortion. Yet they don’t want the individual mandate of Obamacare which says you MUST have health insurance or pay a fine. I will note that, every single Republican and Libertarian I’ve talked to only argues about the individual mandate and only argues that it takes away there rights to die and make us pay for it.
The Democrats on the other hand are generally firm supporters of the woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. Yet, they have taken away the right to not have health insurance via the individual mandate.
Isn’t that interesting? And it has caused some consternation to me as I firmly agree with the Democrats on both issues.
I know why I think that the individual mandate is not ‘taking away our rights’. It’s not taking away our rights any more than wearing seatbelts is taking away our right to drive without them. You still have the right to not have seatbelts or health insurance. However there are consequences. In both cases, you may have to pay a fine… or you could die. More on that discussion here. And here.
I also know why I think abortion is OK. First, and this is something that conservatives will never tell you nor understand. More babies are aborted naturally than any other cause of fetal death. It’s estimated that between 25% and 50% of all conceptions are naturally aborted, generally before the prospective mother even knows she’s pregnant. All those girls who miss once and then go back to normal… they very well may have been pregnant and the fetus was aborted by the body.
A lump of cells is not a human being any more than a corporation is. What is a human? When you get right down to it, the only real difference between humans and animals is technology… and that comes from a slightly different brain. It’s not that different either, as we are coming to find out. And the brain stem isn’t even fully developed until the end of the second trimester and the actual brain isn’t really fully developed at the time of normal birth.
So, there we go. I could have turned off my rational side and gone all cognitive dissonance and ignored the seeming dichotomy. But instead, I analyzed it and carefully considered the issues involved.
These statements aren’t meant to convince anyone. If I explained all of my reasoning and structures for my own thoughts on either topic, we’d getting into mid-sized book territory. But I have considered it, and I don’t think there’s a problem with thinking the individual mandate and abortion are OK.
In both cases, our society is better off.