One of the greatest hinderances to constructive dialogue about abortion is the prevalence of extreme, conversation-stopping rhetoric.
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While Democrats generally self-identify as “pro-choice,” they also are more likely to advocate for and enact policies that actually reduce abortions. On the other hand, while Republicans generally self-identify as “pro-life,” they generally oppose policies that actually reduce abortions and instead advocate only for the criminalization of abortion.
Bottom Line Up Front: If the goal is reducing abortions, criminalization is impractical, ineffective, and counterproductive.
The purpose and function of criminalization and criminal punishment is the subject of a great deal of debate. At one level, the designation of a…
"The very fact that such a diversity of opinions exists among science and medical professionals should give us all pause when we hear the claim that “science proves” that human personhood begins at conception.