Obama Calls for Debate on Abortion
May 22, 2009
Abortion is a hot-button issue that stirs up really strong feelings. All too often, people can be disrespectful, insulting or downright nasty when defending their position, leaving no room for real debate. Earlier this week, President Obama spoke to the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class and to all Americans, calling for a “fair-minded” debate on abortion. Check out what he had to say:
President Obama has a good point. Sure, there will always be disagreements about abortion. But the back-and-forth shouting match between pro-choice and anti-choice supporters isn’t productive. It does nothing to reduce the number of abortions in the United States. And isn’t reducing the number of abortions something we can all agree on? What if there was more “fair-minded” debate that focused less on making the other side wrong and more on common goals, like reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies, making adoption more available and supporting women who chose to have a baby?
Abortion is a difficult choice for anyone to make, and hopefully you’ll never have to weigh that option. Do your part to reduce the number of abortions by abstaining from sex until you’re older and better prepared to handle the responsibilities of having a baby. And if you’re already having sex, be responsible and use condoms and other forms of birth control, like the Pill.