Self Analysis

    When starting this blog I thought that I had an understanding of my topic.  I was seriously mistaken.  Coming from a Catholic background I obviously came into this writing assignment with some bias.  Throughout my research process, however, I began to realize why I believed what I had always just accepted as right.  I am now well versed on the subject abortion and, if questioned, I could easily state my stance and my reasons behind it.

    Even though I do have my stance and believe that abortion should not be the answer, I do not oppose other opinions that deviate from my own.  I enjoyed looking at the pro-choice articles and seeing the reasons why they are passionate for the pro-abortion movement. 

    After this blog project is completed, I would like to follow up on the new abortion legislation in North Carolina.  I would like to see some sort of compromise come to be.  I do not feel that it would be effective to create legislation that is heavily slanted to please a particular party.  The endless game of tug-of-war has cease in order for progress to occur.

    This project has also made me want to follow all North Carolina issues more closely.  I need to become well rounded and well versed all around.  In order to be a contributing member of society I cannot be blissfully unaware.

Class Links

http://105education.wordpress.com: This blog gives a detailed look at North Carolina’s education system, or lack of.  The author of this blog looked into the new budget that was passed for education.  It was interesting reading her posts because she, being the daughter of a teacher, is being effected by the education budget directly.  She looked into various topics such as the use of private school vouchers and cuts in teacher assistances.

 

http://penaltyposts.wordpress.com/: This blog highlights North Carolina’s cacophonous debate center around the death penalty.  Racial discrimination became a prime fault in the judicial system and in this blog the author analyzes this.  This blog also gives an in depth description of how the system works.  As someone who knows next to nothing about the death penalty, I found this blog very informational and helpful.

 

http://gunsintheus.wordpress.com: Gun control is one of the most debated topics today.  With mass shootings occurring at a staggering rate this blog is very timely.  My classmate voices her opinion in this blog without being overwhelmingly biased.  She also has personal connections to this matter that makes the blog much more relatable, in my opinion. I enjoyed looking forward to see what she would post next.

 

Links Used

    Throughout my researching process I tried to view sites that associated themselves with both sides of the argument.  

  • Planned Parenthood is avidly for abortion and it’s rights regarding the mother and her choice. It helped me cipher thorough information that I was not previously aware of.

            -http://www.plannedparenthood.org

  • The National Right to Life, on the other hand, is zealously against abortion.  It provided me with a view of what exactly pro-life advocates believe.  It also provided me with an in depth and detailed report of the legislation that is in place at the current time. 

            -http://www.nrlc.org

  • Also various sites that allowed me to look at the pros and cons of each argument were exceedingly helpful.

            -http://abortion.procon.org 

            -http://news-basics.com/2011/abortion/

            -http://www.balancedpolitics.org/abortion.htm

            -http://www.prosandconsofabortion.org

 

Implications Post

    If the issue of abortion remains unresolved then the constant tug-of-war game between parties will continue.  With each reversal of which political party is in control and with the next bill passed neither side of the argument will remain satisfied for very long.  Right now, the method in which abortion is dealt with is a system in shambles.

    The current matter presented today is not necessarily “abortion” it is however the fact that as Americans we cannot come to a compromise sufficiently.  In order to achieve a settlement the ideals of each stance must be analyzed.  Both pro-life and pro-choice supporters actually want the abortion rates to decrease.  With this in mind there essentially is common ground that will allow both sides to merge towards one another.

    By providing more education regarding sex and its sometimes-unexpected outcomes abortion rates could potentially decline.  A more in-depth “sex education” program could facilitate pro and anti abortion parties to work together to achieve successful results.  If teenagers and young adults are made aware of the lifelong effects associated with abortions they may think twice about the risky behaviors that could necessitate using abortion as an easy way to fix their unintended problem. 

    If birth control became more easily accessible to Americans who come from a lower class family unexpected pregnancy rates would decrease. Considering that women do still have the right to an abortion (in most circumstances), legislative officials could require post mental and physical health analysis.  This would reduce the risk of depression in women after undergoing an abortive procedure.  It would also insure the health status of women and (if needed) asses the stringency clinic regulations accordingly and as needed. 

Theory Post

    Abortion is a topic that has extremely zealous supporters as well as fervent adversaries.  It is a topic that is widely associated with two individualized and biased stances.

    Abortion has become such a contentious issue because it involves two exceptionally opposite and conflicting ideals.  The debate is centered around viability and its meaning.  The principal question presented is: does having an abortion constitute as murder or does it fall within the realm of the mothers’ rights?  There is no “correct” or “easy” way to go about answering the question posed.  Coming to a harmonious compromise that would satisfy both parties seems to not be an option.

    In North Carolina specifically, Democrats feel that there is an unfair advantage and that Republicans are purely passing laws to satisfy their own wants.  In general Democrats see the abortion law as a way to further Republican agenda.  Republicans on the other hand feel that the legislation has been necessary, especially regarding the health of North Carolina women. 

    It is difficult to assess the success of abortion bills and regulations.  In most cases, legislation dealing with abortion has either an anti or pro slant.  With that said, one party is usually pleased with the outcome while the other is dissatisfied.

    According to pro-abortion supporters, if abortion laws become stricter American women will be discriminated against and loose the rights to privileges that they are promised as US citizens.  Anti-abortion supporters goal, on the other hand, is to protect the rights of unborn children.  They fear that if abortion becomes universally allowable the lives of the unborn is at stake.

    In order for the debated centered on abortion to become transparent and solid in its structure both sides must communicate with one another.  The only true way to bring an end to these “polarized sides and mutually exclusive positions” is to have a clear pathway for communication between parties to flow freely.  Abortion is a sensitive topic and some would shy away from discussing it at any extent.  If it were more widely discussed within average, everyday arenas there is a possibility that common ground could be reached. 

How North Carolina Compares

According to Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit group, a total of fifty regulatory laws regarding abortion were passed this year alone.  In Texas, an abortion law similar to the one in North Carolina was passed.  Texas, not unlike North Carolina, experienced backlash concerning the enactment of the new legislation.  In Texas however pro-abortion supporters have filed a lawsuit against the state.

While more and more states have increased the strictness of their regulations, the state of California has made abortion access more available.  With specific training, now nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians’ assistants can administer abortions to patients.

According to the data collected by the Guttmacher Institute, a majority of states regulate the time in which a woman is authorized to have an abortion and fourty states prohibit abortions after the third trimester.  North Carolina does fall within the small percentage of states that bans abortive procedures after the twenty-week mark (one of eight).  Critics would attribute this to the Republican majority that resides in the House and Senate.