Other than if the life of the mother is at risk, abortion should be limited to the first trimester. Viability can be debated until the cows come home, but common sense should tell you that at 20 weeks a fetus looks and moves pretty much like a fully functioning infant. Think about it. A mom can feel the baby start to squirm around this time. How can a civilized society allow for anything but these basic restrictions to occur?
Likewise, both lobbies need to continue to advocate measures that reduce the need for abortions. Greater accessibility to birth control and promoting adoption can only begin to help. What’s truly needed is a culture that respects and promotes sanctity of life for all.
That should be something that all of us can talk about.
— Amanda Beam is a Floyd County resident and Jeffersonville native. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org