ABORTION: Compromises, not solutions | Coeur d’Alene Press


I have always believed that there is no perfect solution to a problem, only compromises. Each solution to a problem creates its own new problems. Therefore, most of us spend our time trying to balance the pros and cons of each course of action. The same goes for governments that set public policy. Consider Roe v. Wade.

Proponents of the right to life have taken the position that any abortion is murder; therefore, all abortions must be made illegal. By adopting this definition, they lock themselves into an uncompromising position. State legislatures, including Idaho, are considering a range of measures to abolish abortion altogether: making abortion illegal at all times; eliminate exceptions for abortions caused by rape or incest; prosecute and punish women who travel to neighboring states where abortion is legal; making all abortion drugs currently available online illegal. Surveys have repeatedly shown that 75% of US citizens favor abortion if performed before 16 weeks, and exceptions for rape and incest. It is estimated that 40% of abortions are currently performed using medication.

Abortion has been part of human life for centuries. It didn’t start with Roe v. Wade and he won’t go away with the end of Roe v. Wade. Laws passed by state legislatures, like Idaho, that make all abortions illegal and restrict all women’s access to birth control, will be strongly resisted and will ensure this fight continues for future generations. Accepting abortion with restrictions, as the majority of Americans maintain, could provide a general solution to this problem.

RICHARD CRIPÉ

Coeur d’Alene