My project was done to see if Liberals and Conservatives can find middle ground with abortion. I wrote a poem about what the two sides agree and disagree on. I did lots of research finding what liberals value and don't value and what conservatives value and don't value, I did an interview with a girl that had an abortion when she was younger and now is currently 7 months pregnant (more pro choice than pro life) to see what her opinion was on whether it should be legal or illegal, if it was a good or bad thing, what the liberals really thought about it, adding some of my views into it(more pro life than pro choice), researching what abortion really is, how it is done, what different types there is, laws on it, and if it is harmful to the mother. I don't know if my perspective has really changed with doing this project. I've learned more about the liberal side and even more about my own side conservative, learned that we balance each other, and that we mostly want the same thing, we just have to make it complicated and fight about everything. My political views are still the same as before I did this project, but I am more understanding about the other side, and know more of where they are coming from. Willingness to be disturbed can help democratic society because we learn how to listen to each other with a willing to learn, not fight back, willing to be proved wrong or right, not to put up walls when we talk about touchy subjects, etc.
FINDING MIDDLE GROUND By: Jordan Beals In this poem I'm going to tell you How two sides differ And how they are the same Abortion is a topic that is commonly talked about. Some think it is good and some think it is bad Abortion has been around since the late 1800s It's been in debate since the late 1900s. What does abortion do? Abortion according to liberals, Gives women a choice. A choice to not carry an unwanted child for 9 months, A choice to get away from something they were cursed with, Simply a way out of a very difficult responsibility But for every action, there is a consensus This is where the conservatives come in Every time a woman decides she doesn't want to keep her child, A helpless innocent baby dies, We are murdering a human being. You say it's not alive yet but we say it is, How can we think this unborn child is not alive? He/she is growing, you can see a face, hear a heartbeat, But we still say it is not alive. Even though we can't see it yet, Doesn't mean it's not living Just because it can't survive outside of the womb, Doesn't mean it's not alive. But if it can't survive in the world how can it be alive? If a baby can't survive outside of its mother They are one and the same, The child doesn't have a choice yet, But once the baby can live outside its mother it is its own self. It has a choice It is now an individual human being Both conservatives and liberals secretly want the same thing, We’re just too stubborn to say so. We both want abortion to not be so commonly used. Yes conservatives want it completely gone And liberals want it to still be there but not as much use. Even if abortion was completely banned women would still find a way to abort a child. We want it to be there for women that physically can't have a child. We want better ways to prevent pregnancies, Whether they are by accident, or by assault. We want to give woman another way out beside abortion. Can we catch the pregnancy before the baby is a fetus? Can we help women through the struggles of pregnancy and put the baby up for adoption? Give the baby to a family that can't have children? Instead of killing it? If both sides would just sit down and talk without putting up walls, Without arguing, And would just listen with an open mind, With an open heart We could figure out a solution to this debate. We can help women not make such a difficult decision, That stays with them for life. We can save innocent lives. If we would just listen with open hearts. Stop thinking the other side is the enemy Because we’re not. We’re friends, family Two simple human beings that came from the same place. We need each other to save us from ourselves. Whether we like it or not, Liberals need Conservatives, And Conservatives need Liberals.
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