Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which found that abortion is a constitutionally protected right. Since today is as good as day as any to give my opinions on abortion, here they are

1) I believe Roe v. Wade itself was incorrectly decided. The Federal government has no jurisdiction over abortion, either way. The authority to criminalize abortion or not lies solely with the states under the 10th amendment.

2) The Federal government, if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned, needs to get out of the abortion issue altogether. No Federal funding for Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers and no laws against abortion either.

3) My personal position is that I believe abortion, if it is done for the sake of convenience, is evil and immoral and should be criminalized. An unborn child is the most vulnerable and innocent among us and should be protected by law.

4) However, I believe there should be legal exceptions for rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. I cannot support using the state to require a woman to carry her rapists’ baby or to put her own life in danger.

5) We need to work on the culture so that we can make abortion truly rare if not non-existent. We need to have pregnancy resource centers and other means to support unwed mothers. We also need to on the state level define personhood as beginning at conception.

6) As for the women who have already had abortions, we need to show nothing but compassion and understanding towards them. Most women who abort their babies are not evil. Most are simply scared or are in unhealthy relationships. It is a tough decision and condemning them serves no purpose.

This is not meant to be a long, argumentative piece; but instead just to simply lay out where I stand on this tough issue.