Simply put, the removal of a fetus from the womb.
A horrible thing that I wish would just disappear.
You know how the Republicans (and some Democrats) are always complaining about abortion. Well get this: As much as these politicians make gestures towards getting rid of abortion, they will NEVER completely eliminate it. Why? Because abortion produces plenty of tub-thumping. It allows politicians an issue to demagogue each other and appeal to people of faith with talk of the "right to life." Abortion is important to politicians because of its value as a political tool. If abortion simply disappeared, politicians would have to find another issue to emptily "debate" about.
Republican: Vote for me and I'll get rid of abortion.
Translation: We'll impose minor restrictions and pass 10 zillion resolutions. Because if we actually outlawed abortion, we'd lose our most important power-maintaining "issue." It's like the Eternal War in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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