It’s election season, and during election season discussions frequently pop up in the media about party rules, party platforms, and hot-button issues. One of the party platforms that has remained unchanged on Republican side for decades is the issue of life and abortion.
Republicans have historically been solidly opposed to abortion in all cases. They believe that a baby in the womb is deserving of an equal share of the rights and protections of the mother carrying it, because it is a human life. The pro-life movement believes it occupies the moral high-ground because they are protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.
Democrats have historically opposed all restrictions on abortion since it was deemed a right by the Supreme Court. They believe that a woman’s right to control her body supersedes the rights of the baby inside her, which they do not consider to be a human being until it is delivered and in some cases accepted into society. The pro-abortion movement believes they hold the moral high ground because of their protection of women’s rights.
When you have two groups on either side of an issue who firmly believe their position is morally superior to the other and believe that any compromise on their position would be a betrayal to the group they claim to protect, you have arrived at an impasse. That is where we have been on the issue of abortion for decades. When you find yourself in this position, the only way to move the issue is to make a deal. Each side has to bring something to the table that the other side wants and give it up, even if it conflicts with their stated beliefs.
So let’s listen to the greatest dealmaker in the history of deals on abortion. Skip to the 10:00 mark.
Here, Savannah Guthrie probes Donald Trump’s stance on the abortion issue by advancing the “rape, incest, and the life of the mother” concession. Any time a pro-life supporter hears those eight words, it is almost always coming from a pro-abortion supporter or talking point probing for a softening on someone’s pro-life position. In this interview, Donald Trump, the great dealmaker, just gives it up without any hesitation.
If this is how the great dealmaker Donald Trump works, methinks he’s padding his resume.
The truth is there is only one correct answer when someone advances the “rape, incest, and the life of the mother” argument in an abortion discussion. What do I get in return?
That’s heartless isn’t it? How dare someone suggest that rape, incest, and women’s health issues are somehow bargaining chips? Well, before you start clutching your pearls, just remember that the pro-life side has enough sonogram videos of babies sucking their thumbs in the womb to effectively cancel out any emotional argument. And where have the emotional arguments gotten us to this point? Nowhere. If anything, it has strengthened the pro-life argument.
So back to my question. Can’t think of anything? Let me suggest something the pro-abortion side can give the pro-life side in return. Common-sense abortion control.
Sounds familiar ‘eh? Yep, stole that one from the gun control folks. And here I think it is a better fit. What exactly is “common-sense abortion control”?
Well, to summarize, it is laws and regulations designed to prevent people like Kermit Gosnell from preying on desperate inner-city women with little regard to their health, basic medical standards, and the few babies who happen to be delivered by mistake. Kermit Gosnell really happened. It happened in a community totally controlled by pro-abortion Democrats. And it is delusional to believe that there are no other Kermit Gosnells out there. So let’s protect the women of America by providing safer, cleaner, and more responsible facilities where this procedure can be performed.
Now the thought of giving blanket exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother to die-hard pro-lifers out there is detestable. But what percentage of abortions would fall under this category? If it’s anything above 5% then we’re living in Westeros. And while Westeros is fascinating to watch on Game Of Thrones, no sane person would ever want to live there. The dragons should swoop down and burn us all to cinders so we can reboot this civilization.
The truth is pro-abortion stalwarts aren’t serious when they advance the “rape, incest, and the life of the mother” argument. It’s just a rhetorical stick they use to poke at anyone claiming to be pro-life. They want to see if someone is dumb enough to roll over on the issue without getting anything in return. Because rolling over cedes the moral high ground to the pro-abortion side.
Donald Trump claims to be pro-life. But he’s either a new convert to the issue, or he’s a really really bad dealmaker.