I wish we lived in a world where no pregnancy ended in abortion. You may think that puts me at odds with my party. It does not. In fact I stole my title from the party's leading presidential nominee Hilary Clinton.
There are those on both the left and the right who wish to eliminate abortions. The question is not one of differing goals but differing methods. While those on the right are quick to point out that laws banning guns won't actually stop people from own guns, they remain absolutely convinced that laws against abortions will stop abortion. I have abandoned my support for a constitutional amendment to ban abortions not because I have decided abortion are good, but because I have learned that there are more effective ways to reduce abortions.
The most effective method for reducing abortion is reducing income inequality. The most affluent countries have the lowest number of abortions, while countries with large poor populations have the highest rates(regardless of any laws, you see a similar correlation with gun control, income equality is the greatest predictor of gun violence).
Access to mental health services and sex education can also reduce pregnancies. In Utah we are currently witnessing the Republican party refuse to accept Medicaid funding for expanded mental health treatment. Programs designed to treat addiction and low self esteem can be especially effective in reducing unwanted pregnancies, but with out the additional funding these programs will not be able to treat those most in need. Sexual education programs in California have started addressing perceived power imbalances(which often come from self esteem and other mental health issues) in relationships in their sexual education programs. These programs have proven to lower pregnancy rates among youth who were enrolled.
Access to other forms of contraceptive and proper knowledge of how to use them also plays a large role in reducing abortion. While I believe that sexual relations should only take place between husband and wife, I recognize that banning contraception creates an undo burden on many. There are many couples who are avoiding having children for health and financial reasons. While my faith discourages avoiding children for social reasons, I recognize the right of others not to live my faith.
We do not live in a perfect world. Most pregnancies end in natural abortion(also called miscarriage). Many women are faced with the terrible circumstance that if they don't allow a doctor to end their pregnancy they will die or be permanently disabled. Many women have their most intimate decision about their body taken from them by a man, and end up pregnant as a result. Most agree that these women should not be forced to carry their rapist's child. These terrible realities of our fallen world have led to many religions, including my own, to recognize the need of abortion in these unfortunate circumstances. I realize that these will likely always be realities in our world but they can also be reduced through research, education and improved social policies.
The Democratic party supports the proven policy methods of reducing income inequality, providing mental and reproductive health care and education. While the Republican party wastes their time talking about methods that are proven failures, including defunding the largest provider of reproductive health and education in the country. If you are like me and want less abortions to take place in the United States vote Democrat.