To Be or Not To Be…Abortion is the Question

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles…

William Shakespeare – (from Hamlet 3/1)

From: this Shakespeare site.


Face of Luke I want to share an article, a book, and an internal question.




The Article




Fred Thompson

From the Associated Press.

Right to Life Says Fred Thompson Can Win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fred Thompson is the Republican most likely to beat abortion-rights supporter Rudy Giuliani, the National Right to Life Committee said Tuesday, announcing its endorsement of the former Tennessee senator for president…

…By emphasizing Thompson’s political potential — he ranks second behind former New York Mayor Giuliani in national Republican polls — the anti-abortion group played down its own differences with Thompson.

Read Full Article Here


The Book



Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner displays many surprising statistics.

The one that I am concerned with here is broadly and messily stated (by me, not by them):

Abortion rates are LOWER during Democratic Presidencies than during Republican ones. Most demostrably because of the increase of social programs and funding for the poorer segments of our nation.

I hate abortion with the best of them, but my question comes in here:



The Question


Face of Luke Which is better: [1] The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or [2]
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles…?


AND which option fits which description –

Are we suffering the slings of fortune when we Elect Republicans or Democrats?

  • Republicans give us better interpretation of laws (if they ever end up coming to court) – but do they ever actually pass high-level anti-abortion laws in congress?
  • By electing Republicans are we suffering the fortune of low income getting even lower?
  • By electing Democrats are we suffering the evilly permissive laws of murder, but actually saving more lives?

OR Which vote is “taking arms…”?

  • Fighting against permission to abort or
  • Fighting against the poverty that leads to such decisions.


Just a question.


One Response to To Be or Not To Be…Abortion is the Question

  1. jonolan says:

    Look up consequentialism and utilitarianism and decide how you feel about those ethical philosophies.

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