It is extremely common for views and ideologies of Conservatives in general to be misinterpreted. Whether this is caused by the purposeful misconstruing of the liberal media or rather by a simple lack of self-educating oneself on the views of Conservatives is irrelevant. The simple fact is that more often than not, Conservative views are misunderstood, harshly impacting the reputation of an honest, good-willed party. So here to clear things up, is a traditional conservative, with traditional conservative views. The topic I will be covering today is one of great importance in today’s society; abortion.
A common description of the Conservative’s view on abortion is “make it illegal, thereby taking away any choice in the matter whatsoever.” I find it extremely interesting that the description almost always ends there, with a single vague sentence. This portrayal of the conservative stance on abortion by the liberal media is not entirely inaccurate. The reason liberal media omits the vital part of the conservative argument on abortion is to skew the basis of conservative thought to seem as if we are out to take away the rights of women. This tactic is incredibly effective and has cost Republicans many votes in recent years. Allow me to clarify the whole argument that Conservatives hold on the topic of abortion.
The definition of abortion, according to Merriam Websters Dictionary is, the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. Conservatives believe the termination of the embryo or fetus is synonymous with the killing of a human being. Conservatives believe that abortion should not be legal, because it is murdering a human being, and murder is after all, not legal. There are however, exceptions in which Conservatives believe abortion is right and just, the same way there are exceptions to illegality of murder in the case of self-defense. The exceptions that Conservatives believe should be in place in the case that abortion is made illegal are rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is threatened. In these three cases, Conservatives believe abortion should be legal, and the choice of the woman carrying the child.
Abortion in any other case than the three exceptions previously noted is just as wrong and unjust as murder. Conservatives empathize with those who have unwanted pregnancies, and are willing to work on some sort of system for offering them support spiritually, medically, and even financially. Another great way to battle unlawful abortion is improving our foster care system to make that option more appealing to mothers that are unable or unwilling to take care of their baby. If both parties can come together and understand the immorality of abortion, the few exceptions to its unlawfulness, and the need for improving support systems and making them more accessible to mothers who are unable to take care of their babies, then many children’s lives can be saved, and the morals that this country was founded upon can be upheld.