Q&A Friday: Abortion

Question: “What is your position on abortion? Do you think that, as the “Millennial” generation (which many consider to be more conservative and moral than GenX or the Baby Boomers) comes of age and takes over, Roe vs. Wade will be overturned in favor of unborn babies’ rights? Okay, that’s two questions, but they’re related :)” — Clint

Answer: Since I believe life begins at conception, I personally believe that abortion should be legal only if the mother’s life is in danger. If a woman wants to risk her life to bring a child into the world, that’s a noble decision, but I believe it would be immoral to force the woman to take that risk.

However, even if Roe Vs. Wade is overturned, I don’t expect abortion to be banned in the case of incest or rape. There’s just not much public support for that, even among many people who are anti-abortion, because of what an awful thing it is for a woman to have to bring a child into the world under those circumstances. Even I have difficulty opposing an abortion under those circumstances, but I simply can’t condone taking a human life except when there is no other choice.

As far as when Roe Vs. Wade will be overturned, that’s hard to say. It could be as early as 2006 if Bush wins, a liberal SCOTUS justice retired, and W pushed though another conservative justice. On the other hand, if Kerry were elected and a couple of conservative judges retired, Kerry could get a couple of activist liberals judges on the bench, it could put Roe Vs. Wade out of reach for decades. So basically, there’s no way to hazard an educated guess at this point.

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