How could a routine surgical procedure, abortion, become the political focal point of millions of people when preventable deaths of children and adults takes place all around us?
Some believe it is skillfully keeping pictures of fetuses and babies in front of us. Maybe it is the introduction of religion to abortion but not to other deaths. One element I think important is that controlling abortion brings with it a bonus, controlling women.
Whatever the explanation, we know this. The opportunity cost from countless millions of dollars spent fighting abortions is other deaths due to lack of money and political popularity.
This week I read a straight forward explanation of what I would call “the economics and politics of death”. While I talk often here about ignoring deaths from car crashes, there are countless other examples of wide spread death that could be prevented were there economic and political support to do so. They include tuberculosis, malaria and the current plague, ebola.
It’s often said that women get abortions for convenience. Related would abortions for economic reasons. The cost of raising a child to age 18 is estimated at $300,000. While I personally know of several abortions for health reasons, some must be due to economics. Economics is precisely the reason drug companies let people die instead of looking for cures to diseases. There is no money to be made fighting diseases of poor people.
If abortion is your major political concern, I’d suggest switching your concern to one of several more important causes of preventable human death.
P. S. Coming up, Zeteticon, a secular conference, Sept. 13-14, Fargo, ND . See GreatPlainsAtheists.org