The issue of abortion is by far one of the hottest topics of debate nationwide
today. The fabric of society is torn in two different directions, pro-life and
pro-choice. One side leans toward “God” and t he church. That so influences
people on what is right and wrong. Thus, determining whether or not they will get
into heaven. The other leaning toward science, allowing people to manipulate
their bodies for what they feel is right. The issue of abortion offers a classic God
versus science debate. The articles I chose to evaluate further discuss the issue
from a pro-choice standpoint and show that society still is not settled on what is
right or wrong when determining the fate of an unborn child.
The first article I chose to evaluate is titled “Planned Parenthood no
abortion predator” by Kim Franke-Folstad. The main focus and discussion in this
article is an organization called Planned Parenthood of the Rockies. The
problem facing the organization is that the state of Colorado is going through with
plans to eliminate public funds that support the organization. Eventually, this will
destroy the organization. The removal of funds from the organization comes from
the views that the organization is promoting abortion. “A recent poll shows that
seventy-four percent of Coloradans are pro-life” (Franke-Folstad 2). Clearly, this
has some bearing on the decision to eliminate funding. However, a
spokesperson for the organization, Ellen Brilliant argues that, “Eighty-four percent
of Coloradans support the organization” (Franke-Folstad 2). In addition, she
argues that the organization is generally recognized for their work in issuing
contraceptives, preventing STD’s and offering prenatal care. Clearly, the
organization does more than perform and promote abortion. Unfortunately, the
Planned Parenthood ideals are still viewed as pro-abortion and it will likely cost
the organization its life.
The second article I chose to evaluate is titled, “Journey of the Abortion
Pill”. this article discusses the abortion pill RU-486, or mifepristone. This pill
would eliminate many surgical abortions although it can only be used in the first
seven weeks of pregnancy. In addition, this pill could be prescribed privately by a
doctor (Washington Post 1). Albeit, the pill would save many lives of young
women who would not have to turn to a clinic or other places where unsafe
abortions could take place. the problem is that the House of Representatives will
not pass funding for the FDA to test the drug. Two bills have already failed to
pass through the House and it does not appear as though it will happen any time
soon. The authors main argument in the article is that, “as long as the right to the
abortion remains the law of the land, Congress has no business using the
appropriations process to block the access to a safer means of obstaining one”
(Washington Post 1).
The most obvious sociological perspective that takes shape in these
articles is the conflict perspective. The power struggle over conflicting interest.
For example, in both instances the needs of individuals in society are shot down
by the ideals of others. The abortion pill, though deemed safe in other countries,
has not ever been approved to be tested in America. This is because Congress
will not approve funding for it. Now, it is a well-known fact that the “Right Wing
Conservatists” in America have a great pull and lobbying ability in Congress. No
doubt that their funds played a role in deterring the passage of the bill. Again, the
rich over power the poor, in this case young women, to keep their ideals ever
present in American society. The instance is the same in Colorado where a
helpful, but poor, organization is being cut off from its lifeline by the government.
In both cases, the fear of abortion running rampant in society is deterred by
wealthy and powerful people because they might not agree with its cause.
Another aspect of the Sociological Perspective is the symbolic
interactionist perspective. As I stated in the introduction, the issue of abortion
offers a valid God versus science debate. People see the idea of religion in
different lights. In this case, some may fear God and consider abortion
completely immoral. Some may see Abortion as a tool given by God and then
decide whether or not abortion is right or wrong. While others may not even
believe in God and be pro-choice. From these points, pro-life and pro-choice are
the two standing sides. Often times, the fear of God plays a role in the choice of
abortion. Other times, the fear of what might happen to oneself may play a role.
All in all, not all