Whether you're nine and you've been raped by your dad or you're 25 and you just lost your job and lost your insurance and your husband ran off and now you're pregnant and you don't have the sixteen grand to pay the hospital bill, you might have a reason to get an abortion.
Having a reason is not the same as it being a good, or the right thing to do.
Magic, I will be careful to make sure that my next set of comments pertains to Americans, and in this case, in part to almost all Americans, not just right wingers or fundamentalists. I differentiate because not all right wingers are fundy's.
Right and wrong has nothing to do with it. Or at least not enough. The "right" thing to do in any given set of circumstances is usually overlooked if it is inconvenient. By most all Americans. The religious right has chosen abortion as an issue not because of right and wrong, but because it is so easy. And they have to look like they have the moral high ground, so high visibility issues like abortion make that cause a bit simpler.
Most decisions Americans make (and I'm one of them) have nothing to do with right and wrong. Either we do something because it is convenient, or we do it because it is consistent with our almost universal belief that business is the real god, and it is the first thing we must serve.
I live in a red (Republican, right wing) state. Montana's population is about half native-born and half born elsewhere. I'm one of the latter. I'm going to give you an example of right and wrong being ignored in this country every day because of our need to serve capitalism.
Lets say there is an electrician living in my town named Joe. He was born here, has lived here all his life except for his four years in the military. He is happily married to his first and only wife and they have five wonderful children. They go to church every week and are very active in both their congregation and in the community.
Joe is an electrical contractor and has a small, successful business with two people working for him. His wife does the bookwork. They make a comfortable living and have good health insurance because they can afford it.
Along comes Bill. He's driving through this part of the state with his hooker girlfriend after selling a company he bought, ripped to pieces and sold for a $100 million (that's how Romney made a lot of his money). Anyway, Bill sees how beautiful it is around here and decides to move into this community. He dumps his first bimbo when he finds another at a local bar and starts enjoying the beauty of the place.
But then he starts thinking that he's like to own and electrical contracting business. He sees all the newcomers moving here and can tell there is a lot of business. So he takes some of his millions, buys a fleet of vans, hires outside electricians for low wages from out of the area and starts doing business. He bids low in an effort to get jobs and starts stealing income from established electricians like Joe. And because he's got the money to advertise and he can afford to loose money at first, before long he is driving other electricians out of business. He sees that Joe is in trouble and offers him a job at 20% of what he's been making, with no insurance, but Joe says no.
Before long, Joe goes out of business, along with a lot of other electricians, and then Bill raises his prices and starts sticking it to his customers.
As luck would have it, six months after Joe looses his business and health insurance, one of his kids gets diagnosed with leukemia. With the year Joe has to file for bankruptcy.
Why did I go thorough this story that doesn't have a damn thing to do with abortion? Because stuff like that happens ever day in this country. It is very common. And what do the very people who say abortion is wrong say about Joe and his new predicament?
Where is the right and wrong in that response? There is none. It is merely an observation. Walmart does exactly the same thing every time it moves into a new town. It puts every small business selling clothes and office supplies and food out of business, and then it raises its prices.
But that's business.
Any disinterested third party can see that an economy that doesn't give a rats ass about the individual is ignoring a lot of moral issues. And if that same society is getting all huffy about one moral issue, like abortion, there is a possibility they are doing so just to make themselves sound good.
I want a world where no woman ever feels the pressure to have an abortion unless her health is at stake. And I want a world where the hard working Joe's of the world don't get destroyed by the cutthroat businessmen like Bill. But I'm the immoral one when I say that I understand that sometimes economic or social problems justify an abortion.
I can't speak for Australia, but in this country we have countless examples of fundamentalist christians shoving their double standards down our throat while trying to take the high ground. This country will loose over 1,500 people to drunk driving this month alone. In a country that is 80% christian, what are the odds that only atheists drive drunk? There ain't enough of us to do in other folks at that rate. I can assure you that many a drunk christian has killed many a person while driving a car with anti-abortion bumper stickers. Many an angry father has beaten the crap out of his kids then driven them to the doctor in a car sporting anti-abortion bumper stickers.
If people can't get together and make the entire world more just, yelling shrilly about one, and only one, form of injustice does no good.
If the christian right lived their whole lives in ways that were clearly moral by any standard, then they could jump up and down and complain about the immoral ones all they wanted. But they don't. So they should STFU. Until they are willing to search for solutions for all social problems, not just that one.
You guys down under can yell all you want. We can't hear you from here.