A car pulled up to me the other day with a bumper sticker that read, “Abortion…One dead and one wounded.” As I have said before, we always have the wrong argument in America, which is why a lot of things seem to linger without ever being fixed.
The abortion argument is not about pro-life versus no-life, which is how the anti-abortion people have framed it. And it’s not about pro-choice versus no-choice, which is how the pro-abortion people have framed it. The argument should be about the most important document in American history: The U.S. Constitution.
As a child in Gary, Ind., some of my friends referred to our nation’s birthday as “The Fourth of They Lied” instead of the Fourth of July. Since America seemed to care so little about us, how could we possibly care about the documents that created the nation?
Now I know that the Constitution shapes how everything should happen in America, even abortion. Now I know that our forefathers could never have offered a solution on abortion, because abortion as we now know it didn’t exist. But they did leave the framework for how we could find our own solution. We separated from England because the King had too much power and because we had no voice. (Sound familiar?) The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence created a group of independent states, to be governed by the people and for the people because those documents gave us the power to govern ourselves.
And the Supreme Court was created to mediate when Americans don’t fully agree on how the Constitution applies in certain instances. Since the Constitution does not set forth a provision for abortion, the Supreme Court should never even hear the argument. That means Roe v. Wade should be abolished, because the issue should have never made it that far. But it doesn’t end there, so if you're a pro-lifer you should stop dancing. After Roe v. Wade is overturned, the abortion debate should be settled during election time. Americans should vote on whether to legalize abortion in their own states. That is the very definition of democracy: allowing people to decide, for themselves, the laws of the land. What a novel idea.
— Eric Mayberry is president of SmartBoy Enterprises, a media and entertainment firm based in Philadelphia. Named “The Success Master” by colleagues, he has received numerous awards and honors. To take The Big Brain Challenge and debate this column, go to www.hugebrain.net.
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