Give it away, Anna

For the past few days I have been working on a post about abortion. Morbid as it sounds, abortion is one of my favorite topics to mull and ponder over because it lies at the crossroads of so many issues---church and state, federal power and state power, the right to life and the right to agency, the life of the mother and the life of the child.

But never black and white. The polarization of our country in recent decades may try to divide Americans into two opposing camps, that of pro-life and pro-choice. But the truth is, abortion deals with the gray. No one feels comfortable about aborting a fetus with a beating heart---and no one wants women to use coat hangers or cleaning liquids to flush out an unwanted pregnancy. This is a topic that is neither right nor wrong and thus it has become one of the two most social controversial issues facing Americans today (the other being gay marriage).

And so, I've written and rewritten this post about abortion, but today I found an excellent article by Anna Quindlen that sums up exactly what I want to say. Quindlen is the best at what she does and she eloquently articulates her thoughts on abortion and the necessity to have an open forum of discussion between pro-lifers and pro-choicers.