Your life or No Life
The topic of abortion has fluttered through the hearts of Americans as it has created a 2-sided coin that has American divided into two. But Juno, a movie released in December 2007, has created a gray area for Americans. The movie depicts a young free-willed sixteen years old, Juno MacGuff, and places her in a dilemma, pregnancy. “She has a blue-collar background, complete with parents who’ve never heard of Pilates and hoard kitsch in their house.” says Ann Hulbert, in, Juno and the Culture Wars (pg. 396). Juno then takes a ride the emotional rollercoaster of pregnancy as she experiences the good, the bad, and the ugly. She ultimately decides to put her baby up for adoption after thoughts of abortion. “But among Juno’s distinctive charms is that it seems to have disarmed both sides of the family values debate.” says Hulbert, leaving Juno satisfying the hearts of divided Americans.
Just like Juno, Bill Clinton’s speech to the Democratic National Convention, in August 28th, 1996 stated, “Abortion should not only be safe and legal, it should be rare.” Clinton’s statement like Juno, has created an idea that both sides of the coin can agree on. In today generation, the purpose to protect women is lost in the stormy clouds of debate between the 2 sides of the coin. One side of the coin believes in pro-choice, women should be given the choice to abort her own baby, as the other side of the coin believes in pro- life, the abortion of a baby is equivalent to taking a man or woman’s life. But Clinton’s speech hits 3 critical points that satisfy the two sides of the coin, which is why I agree with Clinton’s speech. I agree that abortion should be “safe”, to protect women from fatal accidents, “legal”, for women to be given the choice, and “rare.” to reduce the number of deaths.
Clinton’s first adjective to describe abortions is “safe”. Keeping women safe is the number one priority in the discussion of abortion. The same priorities were used to...
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