A close female friend of mine is the epitome of a single issue voter. Even though she mostly identifies with the principles associated with the Democratic Party, she has religiously become a Republican straight ticket voter over the last few election cycles.

Her weapon of choice? Abortion.

No matter how viable a Democratic candidate may be, if they’re open to abortion ... No deal. Even if voting Republican finds her voting against her best interests, she will sacrifice her own well-being in a quest to save an unborn child.

She always marvels at how I, as an independent voter and thinker, could ever vote blue. Especially knowing that “the political party of the Devil supports the murder epidemic of defenseless children.” Her words.

That being said, anyone willing to take a stand on social issues by way of voting deserves kudos. I believe that as a woman, she is far better equipped to make decisions involving abortion. And I, as a man, shouldn’t even be in a position to tell women what to do with their own bodies. I respect her way of doing things.

I just wish she respected mine.

You see, I believe not one person on Earth is pro-abortion. Conversations on this topic usually involve the gnashing of teeth and the elevation of voices.

I just believe people fight for or simply believe that women should have the freedom to have them. There’s a difference.

A world in which abortion doesn’t need to exist would be a beautiful thing. But in my opinion, a person who assumes that world is within reach is a person not steeped in reality. Accidents happen. Sexual violence is a real thing. And taking a firm ideological stand on a topic with so many moving parts is dangerous.

As as African-American, I’m fully aware that we represent 12 percent of the population and 35 percent of all abortions in America. It’s a shameful situation.

But I’m still not in a position to force my belief system on women who are making the toughest decision of their lives. And my unwillingness to force their hand in keeping their child doesn’t mean that I support her decision to abort.

According to a recent poll conducted by Vox, an American news and opinion website, “32 percent of respondents identified as pro-choice, 26 percent as pro-life, 21 percent as neither, and 18 percent as both.

That means, 39 percent of the public did not identify as pro-choice or pro-life. People, like me, who probably understand that the subject of abortion can’t be mired in absolutes. Not if you claim to be about American freedoms and liberties.

Yes, I could get political and reference how pro-lifers in this country fight aggressively for the unborn, yet are silent when politicians stifle social services and resources to support that same child once he/she is born. All while supporting and enforcing the death penalty and denying the very existence of climate change.

I could also reference how a certain political party in this country turns a blind eye to the fact that the implementation of Obamacare has driven abortions down to their lowest levels in 45 years. Lower than pre-Roe v. Wade figures. Turns out giving free contraception to the populace proved to be beneficial after all. Interesting.

My friend will always believe that abortion should be illegal. Even in situations involving rape and incest, she’s totally comfortable with mandating that women carry that baby to term, regardless of the circumstances. Even with the real possibility of back alley-style abortions involving coat hangers and other methods returning.

However, she’s appalled by Americans being mandated to carry health coverage and insurance companies being mandated to cover contraception without co-pays. Therein lies the conundrum.

I will choose life every single time. I’m personally a pro-life person. But I will also fight for a woman to have the choice to choose what she wants to do with her own body. Therefore, I’m also a pro-choice person.

“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.” — Coretta Scott King

Freedom of choice. Nothing is more American than that.

Danny Morrison is a radio host at the New 103.9 The Beat, a nonprofit executive director and motivational speaker. His columns appear here weekly; the views expressed are his own. Reach him at californianmorrison@yahoo.com.

(8) comments

BakersfieldGirl
BakersfieldGirl

I would seriously appreciate it men would quit making comments about making abortion illegal. How about you practice safe sex and take responsibility for your actions then leave abortion decisions to women. You know the people whose body and life is effected by the decision. Not to mention how many women in the past lost their lives or ability to conceive due to a back alley abortion. Another important thing to consider is to provide good solid sex education to our young people as well as inexpensive access to birth control.

Bodysnatcher
Bodysnatcher

I'm sorry, but when part of the taxes I pay is no longer used to fund abortions, I'll stop making comments about abortion. Until then, the only other way I'll stop commenting about abortion is when women who use abortion as a contraceptive start keeping their legs closed.

jtorczon
jtorczon

Here is my letter.to the editor in response to this article:

Danny Morrison is to be commended for recognizing abortion as repugnant as any human rights injustice, perhaps the greatest one. I assume that is because it involves depriving the unborn child of his or her humanity, therefore denying his or her inalienable right to life. If that is the case, then I would hope he would get behind the Life at Conception Act that could go before Congress.

However, his excuses for putting unborn babies at the mercy of their own mother would suggest that he is not truly pro-life, even if he rightly shames the likes of Planned Parenthood for indirectly fulfilling the desires of its late racist founder, Margaret Sanger, by killing black babies at three times the rate of white babies. After all, babies in the womb are just as fully human as the slaves were and equally deserving of not being someone else's property.

Morrison has no qualms about crusading over the death penalty and climate change and yet thinks that the views of no one -- even fathers -- should be forced on a woman regarding the "product" of her pregnancy, never mind that the casualties of abortion are much greater. Just as ludicrous is his idea that contraceptives have reduced abortions when the credit should go to pro-lifers.

It is disingenuous for him to be both pro-life and pro-choice. The reality is that one is either OK with abortion or not. If the latter, then the basic foundation of life should be defended at all costs.

jtorczon
jtorczon

Here is my letter to the editor that I submitted in response to this piece:

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Danny Morrison is to be commended for recognizing abortion as repugnant as any human rights injustice, perhaps the greatest one. I assume that is because it involves depriving the unborn child of his or her humanity, therefore denying his or her inalienable right to life. If that is the case, then I would hope he would get behind the Life at Conception Act that could go before Congress.

However, his excuses for putting unborn babies at the mercy of their own mother would suggest that he is not truly pro-life, even if he rightly shames the likes of Planned Parenthood for indirectly fulfilling the desires of its late racist founder, Margaret Sanger, by killing black babies at three times the rate of white babies. After all, babies in the womb are just as fully human as the slaves were and equally deserving of not being someone else's property.

Morrison has no qualms about crusading over the death penalty and climate change and yet thinks that the views of no one -- even fathers -- should be forced on a woman regarding the "product" of her pregnancy, never mind that the casualties of abortion are much greater. Just as ludicrous is his idea that contraceptives have reduced abortions when the credit should go to pro-lifers.

It is disingenuous for him to be both pro-life and pro-choice. The reality is that one is either OK with abortion or not. If the latter, then the basic foundation of life should be defended at all costs.

GaryJohns
GaryJohns

Danny boy....if your and "independent"....I'm an astronaut.....

jtorczon
jtorczon

This article is another version of the mantra used by some Democrats, particularly the Catholic ones, which is that they are "personally" against abortion but wouldn't want to force their views on someone who thinks otherwise. Imagine making that same kind of argument in the days of slavery!

Bodysnatcher
Bodysnatcher

Danny, you're an independant voter and thinker eh? The contents of your opinion articles speak otherwise. Basically, you're saying your friend is narrow minded simply because one issue decides her party affiliation? I find it interesting you mention your friend because she votes Republican, but what about a friend who votes Democrat for the same reason? Don't tell me such a friend doesn't exist because for every one person that votes Republican purely because of the abortion issue, there's ten "independent thinkers" who vote Democrat for the same reason. You're not an independent thinker my friend. You tow the liberal, Democratic line. So much for an independent thinker.

jtorczon
jtorczon

Well said, Bodysnatcher. No doubt abortion is something of a sacrament for many Democrats, so much so that they are willing to kill to keep it legal. He may think that no one likes abortion, but I know for a fact that is not the case. There are some who take perverse delight in having the right to kill a fetus and even some sickos who think killing a baby up to 2 years old (why not 3 years old? Or 4?) should be allowed. Danny would do well to heed the wisdom of Alveda King, the niece of MLK Jr. who supports the civil rights of the unborn and whom I had the privilege of meeting during a speech she gave at a cburch in Fresno last year at this time. She was just on Bill O'Reilly's "Factor" show, during which he showed a clip of her appearing on stage with Trump and being praised by him. They talked about that and she revealed that he told her that he was against abortion and wants Planned Parenthood defunded.

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