Since Roe v. Wade, the abortion issue has been one of the most controversial issues in American politics. Now, decades have passed, and the abortion wars are still eminent today even though nothing has changed since the 1973 case. In Dillon’s “How to end the Abortion Stalemate,” she recommends to Catholics what is necessary to overcome this “abortion stalemate.”
Utilizing well-documented research studies, Dillon insists that all religious voters must support bi partisan efforts to reduce the number of abortions by preventing unintended pregnancies, expanding adoption opportunities, and increasing economic supports to vulnerable women. By tying a relationship between socioeconomic realties and the rate of abortions, Dillon establishes the essential need to adopt practical solutions to prevent abortion and end this stalemate once and for all. As well, she suggests the end of opposition between the pro-life and pro-choice members of Congress and the advocates the need for these two parties to come to a consensus that offers a helping hand to women.
Dillon’s article has a hopeful, optimistic outlook of how this abortion stalemate can be somewhat solved. Maybe it’s a little bit too optimistic. I agree that the best way for pro-choice and pro-life members of Congress to work together is by a means of a pragmatic, noncontroversial approach. Without pushing for the end of practice of abortion or advocating the need for more abortion clinics, these two factions can find a means to work together by seeking to achieve for a common cause. In this case, Dillon suggests that they must collaborate together to provide women support in tough economic situations, which can then effectively reduce abortion rates. Thus, by blending moral urgency with pragmatic action, these solutions can be certainly feasible.
However, after much controversy in the past, can the pro-life and pro-choice members of Congress easily come to terms with each other and work together? Can the pro-life members drop the goal that they sought to accomplish for years and establish a moderate approach to the abortion issue? Thus, the question is not how the abortion stalemate can be broken but the actual possibility of this happening.