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OpinionAbortion debate is leaving no room between extremes

18:17  22 may  2019
18:17  22 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion

Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion Alabama Senate to vote on bill banning abortion

The abortion debate is the ongoing controversy surrounding the moral, legal, and religious status of induced abortion . The sides involved in the debate are the self-described “pro-choice” and “pro-life”

An abortion can result in medical complications later in life; the risk of ectopic pregnancies doubles and the chance of a miscarriage and pelvic inflammatory disease also increases. In the instance of rape and incest, proper medical care can ensure that a woman will not get pregnant.

Abortion debate is leaving no room between extremes© Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post- Abortion-rights activists in Missouri react on May 17 after lawmakers approved a bill that would ban most abortions in the state.

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"Democrats are aggressively pushing late-term abortion, allowing children to be ripped from their mother's womb right up until the moment of birth," President Trump said at a Florida rally earlier this month. "The baby is born and you wrap the baby beautifully and you talk to the mother about the possible execution of the baby."

Dem Senate leader on abortion vote: 'It's a sad day in Alabama'

Dem Senate leader on abortion vote: 'It's a sad day in Alabama' A Democratic Alabama lawmaker called it a sad day for the state after the state Senate approved legislation outlawing abortion, including in cases of rape and incest. "It's a sad day in Alabama; I feel like crying," state Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) said Tuesday. "But I'm going to hold back my tears, because what you just said to my little girl is that it's OK for a man to rape you, and you've got to have his baby if you get pregnant. You just said to my little girl ... you don't matter in the state of Alabama.

Left , Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Right, Charles Sykes/Bravo Some say more women should discuss their abortions . For years, conservatives rallied support around opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Support for same-sex marriage has grown, in part, because opponents have realized that

President Trump's series of tweets over the weekend about abortion were aimed at telling the conservative and anti- abortion movement to tone it down and unite around more mainstream positions, after the highly restrictive Alabama law and others like it have stoked the abortion debate , senior

For cable news talking heads and leading Democrats, this is a demagogic lie. The fact-checkers mostly say it's a distortion and exaggeration -- and it is. It's a distortion of something Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said days before revelations that he dressed in blackface (or in a Klan outfit) during medical school eclipsed the Virginia abortion controversy.

Trump has been referencing Northam's remarks since January, when Kathy Tran, a Democratic Virginia delegate, introduced legislation to liberalize abortion in her state. During a colloquy with a Republican lawmaker, Tran said her bill would legalize abortions through the 40th week of pregnancy, including during labor. (She later said she misspoke when it was pointed out that would violate infanticide laws.)

Pat Robertson: Alabama 'has gone too far' with 'extreme' abortion law

Pat Robertson: Alabama 'has gone too far' with 'extreme' abortion law Televangelist Pat Robertson, who is opposed to abortion, criticized an anti-abortion bill passed by the Alabama legislature Tuesday as "extreme.""I think Alabama has gone too far," he said during a Wednesday appearance on "The 700 Club", referencing the bill's 99-year maximum sentence for doctors who perform abortions and the fact that it does not provide exceptions for rape or incest cases. He added that he does not think the bill would be upheld by the Supreme Court. "It's an extreme law and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose," he said.

The abortion debate is deeply polarized, and the tone of that debate , when dialed up, can fuel extremism, experts say. Flowers are left at an intersection near the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday. A gunman stormed the clinic in central Colorado on Friday and

The Abortion Debate by Richard Garlikov. This work is available here free, so that those who cannot afford it can still have access to it, and so that no one Yet it need not be. Social, and therefore media, attention has been focused almost exclusively on the differences between pro-life and pro-choice

The next day, Northam -- a pediatric neurologist by training -- appeared on a local radio station to support Tran and her bill. He explained how, in cases where a fetus was not viable, "the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother."

Now, Northam never said anything about "executing" babies. But Tran's legislation would have allowed late-term abortions of viable, non-deformed babies solely if the mother's mental or emotional health was threatened.

Tran's bill didn't pass, but it was part of a trend in liberal states to loosen abortion laws even further. Earlier in January, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had signed similar legislation.

All of this is worth keeping in mind amid the furor over Alabama's near-total abortion ban. If we go by the attitudes of the American people, both the New York and Alabama laws are extreme. Polling on abortion is notoriously fraught. Wording matters enormously because many Americans are conflicted on the issue. But generally, most Americans support early-stage abortions, and opposition grows along with the fetus. According to Gallup, 60 percent of Americans support abortion rights in the first trimester, but only 13 percent do in the third trimester.

Booker campaign official urges donations for Gillibrand to ensure debate spot

Booker campaign official urges donations for Gillibrand to ensure debate spot The show of support between rivals stemmed from the passage of a law in Alabama that effectively outlawed abortion in the state. Gov. Kay Ivey signed the legislation, which is certain to face a slew of legal challenges and was crafted to serve as a direct challenge to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that codified abortion rights nationwide. 2020 candidates were quick to condemn the bill, with Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) leading the pack. The New York senator has sought to position herself as a leader on the issue among 2020 hopefuls.

Read the pros and cons of the debate Abortion should be legalized. In your Round 1 argument, you made no qualifications for when abortion should be legal -- thus implying that it should always be legal. In regards to your paragraph highlighting the difference between consensual sex and rape, I

The Ethical Debate - Abortion : Whilst it has been touched upon earlier, the ethical debate surrounding the status of embryos and fetuses is vast and complicated. A focal point of the ethical debate is the moral status of abortion as well as whether and on what basis it should be available to the public; it is

That the media yawned over New York's law but remain in a frenzy over Alabama's says a lot about where the press comes down on the issue. But it also speaks to the legal and political landscape. Even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a strong defender of abortion rights, has called the court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision a "heavy-handed judicial intervention" and said she would have preferred that abortion rights were secured more gradually, with greater buy-in at the state level.

Under Roe v. Wade (and later Planned Parenthood v. Casey), the court not only imposed one of the most permissive abortion regimes in the world, it foreclosed state-level compromise, galvanizing the pro-life movement and causing both pro-choicers and pro-lifers to take more absolutist positions.

Alabama's law is clearly unconstitutional under current precedent. But that's the point. Alabama's GOP legislators deliberately passed an unconstitutional law in the hope that the court's new conservative majority would overthrow Roe and Casey. New York's Democratic lawmakers weren't trying to test Roe or Casey, but to create a post-Roe abortion "sanctuary" in case the court does reverse Roe. In other words, Roe is not a "moderate" ruling. Purely in terms of public attitudes, it permits pro-choice extremism (abortions in the 40th week!) but not pro-life extremism (total bans).

Indiana abortion cases ripe for U.S. Supreme Court action

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If abortion was once a relatively quiet matter involving women and their doctors, it is no more. Thanks to extreme antiabortion legislation in several states Nothing like a gargantuan abortion reminder to ruin a Rocky Mountain high. Not to make light of a serious issue that we’ve been debating for 40

As for the cases in between those extremes , it’s preferable not to think about them. Far easier to coast on benevolent assumptions: that pro-lifers will Welcome to the messy, illogical middle of the abortion debate , perhaps better called the Muddle. Republicans have had some embarrassing moments in

Hence, Roe made it necessary for the pro-life movement to embrace an incremental strategy, working to change attitudes, chip away at Roe at the margins and work to reduce the abortion rate (with considerable success). But now that some think the brass ring is in sight, the movement has split between incrementalists and those -- like the sponsors of the Alabama bill -- who think it's worth going for broke. (I think the go-for-broke crowd is miscalculating.)

The underlying political reality is that most Americans want a compromise, but the parties are more responsive to the activists and donors. As a result, Democrats have abandoned their "safe, legal and rare" rhetoric, while Republicans are downplaying a "culture of life." Instead, each seeks to cast the other party as extreme. Republicans highlight rare late-term abortions, and Democrats focus on the also-rare cases of 12-year-olds impregnated by their rapist fathers.

Roe created this polarized -- and polarizing -- dynamic in which the debate is dominated by the extremes. Overturning Roe and allowing states to pass laws that reflect majority opinion might not defuse the political passion, but at some point we are likely to find out.

(Jonah Goldberg's latest book, "Suicide of the West," is now available wherever books are sold. You can write to him at [email protected], or via Twitter @JonahNRO.)

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