Last night, the Texas Senate passed a bill outlawing abortion past 20 weeks and requiring abortion clinics to pass minimum safety standards. The bill has placed the issue of abortion front and center in the national discussion.
There is a conservatarian view of the abortion issue. It is based on some basic principles:
1) Abortion is an issue that should be decided on the state level. Roe v. Wade was a travesty. It took away the power of communities and states to decide the laws by the standards and morals of their communities.
2) Every abortion is a tragedy. Every abortion, regardless of the reason is a tragedy. It is a tragedy first and foremost for the unborn child that is murdered. It is a tragedy for the mother who must live with the guilt and will mourn the death of their child for the rest of their lives.
3) The point at which an unborn child should be protected under the law is when it becomes a “person”. Good people disagree over when an unborn child becomes a “person”. Therefore there is no solution to the abortion problem anytime soon.
4) Ultimately, the goal needs to be to reduce the number of abortions. We can do this by all sorts of means such as promoting adoption as an alternative and better sex and contraceptive education.
UPDATE: I realize that I didn’t address the Texas law itself. I support what the Texas legislature did and I would support similar laws here in Louisiana.
Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!