Abortive Controversy
16 May, 2013
Abortive Controversy
Using the word ‘abortion’ has always been considered an indecorous turn of the tongue in this culture: good moms and dads would feel uncomfortable, for instance, if their well-bread kids used this ‘impolite’ word publicly; a prim and prudish teacher would tell off a certain loutish student provided the word was used freely when at school; a lady of self-respect would goggle her eyes in indignation at an uncouth admirer if the unfortunate guy blurted out that ‘swearword’ incidentally. Why?
Was there something so terribly unpleasant about the word? Could be, but no longer is this the case in Georgia! This recent Easter, Georgia started not only using the word publicly and unreservedly, but has embarked on discussing the abortion extensively.
What has happened? Something very unusual and significant has taken place. The change is on its way finally, the real change! Abortion is an issue in the entire world and during the unmitigated advent of globalization, Georgia could not have behaved like an ostrich with its head in the sand and its derriere up in the air – undecided and lost. We are out of closet at last! Abortions, gay parades and same sex marriages are all under discussion in the land if not under way at all. I hear and read around the arguments about its legalization or banning, and about the consequences each of these directions of thought might bring about. I hear and read the debate about sex selective abortions and the demographic ups and downs in the Nation, determined accordingly. Problems like birth control, contraceptives, sex education and economic difficulties of bringing up the children are thrown in as the points of hot argument. I am afraid this is all a vain hullabaloo because any discussion on the subject might end up in an abortive controversy. The entire mankind is discussing the problems connected with abortion, which means that the world has accumulated a substantial amount of experience that has to be considered when discussing the abortion issue in Georgia. I am not going to demonstrate herewith my personal attitude towards abortion as such. This would not be a right place for it. Refusing from criticizing or praising any of the opinions, I am only ready to make it clear what seems most rational at the moment when the Nation seems to be prepared to start this kind of a public discussion. Because abortion is a multifaceted, complicated and in principle an unsolvable issue, I would like to suggest that all the accumulated experience by the world be used when the specialists in Georgia decide to come up with a package of recommendations of a national level and tell our people what would be most cogent and optimal for both the men and the women of this country to do. This is not going to be easy to perform because the world, including us, is broken up into prolife and prochoice mindsets concerning abortion, and the world cannot and will never be able to heal the rift. Even with this unfavorable precondition, our medical, social, demographic, political and economic experts will have to think about the issue somewhat better and then take pains to work out the precepts and proposals thereof. This will be the best education for our people. Otherwise, why does it make sense to waste time and energy on discussing the issue if the result does not change? Why an abortive controversy has to be given a chance? How can mass media help here? We only need an expert opinion, given in a format of scientifically based logic, not just bla-bla. Even in the United States – in a country of a long historical open talk on the abortion question – you cannot find an example of controversy which has ever ended in something overwhelmingly and universally acceptable. That is why I am suggesting the deeds to go for, not just the words!
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