Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 Questions for Pro-Choice Candidates

Trevin Wax rightly observes that media-types love to ask pro-life candidates and supporters difficult questions about abortion.  More often then not, these questions are framed in such a way as to discredit the candidate's position, or to make him or her look inhumane.  Trevin has come up with 10 excellent questions for pro-choice candidates that, in my opinion, are fair and honest.  It would be fascinating to have a pro-choice blogger take on these questions and read their answers.  Here they are:

1. You say you support a woman's right to make her own reproductive choices in regards to abortion and contraception.  Are there any restrictions you would approve of?

2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story on "the war on girls and the growth of "gendercide" in the world - abortion based solely on the sex of the baby.  Does this phenomenon pose a problem for you or do you believe in the absolute right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy because the unborn fetus is female?

3. In many states, a teenager can have an abortion without her parents' consent or knowledge but cannot get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental authorization.  Do you support any restrictions or parental notification regarding abortion access for minors?

4. If you do not believe that hunan life begins at conception, when do you believe it begins?  At what stage of development should an unborn child have human rights?

5. Currently, when genetic testing reveals an unborn child has Down Syndrome, most women choose to abort.  How do you answer the charge that this phenomenon resembles the "eugenics" movement a century ago - the slow, but deliberate "weeding out" of those our society would deem "unfit" to live?

6. Do you believe an employer should be forced to violate his or her religious conscience by providing access to abortifacient drugs and contraception to employees?

7. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., has said that "abortion is the white supremacist's best friend," pointing to the fact that black and Latinos represent 25% of our population but account for 59% of all abortions.  How do you respond to the charge that majority of abortion clinics are found in inner-city areas with large numbers of minorities?

8. You describe abortion as a "tragic choice."  If abortion is not morally objectionable, then why is it tragic?  Does this mean there is something about abortion that is different than other standard surgical procedures?

9. Do you believe abortion should be legal once the unborn fetus is viable - able to survive outside the womb?

10. If a pregnant woman and her unborn child are murdered, do you believe the criminal should face two counts of murder and serve a harsher sentence?

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