Jesse Jackson’s View on Abortion
As African-American Leader, Jesse Jackson has a lot of insights concerning America’s society and issues. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is famous for his liberal outlook and he advocates civil rights on women. However, when it comes to abortion, his views are still in the conservative side. His beliefs and civil right movements do not extend to abortion. This is how the Living American Leader Reverend Jesse Jackson views the act of abortion.
Jesse Jackson views life as a gift from God. It is the utmost good every person has. Being born as an illegitimate child, Jesse Jackson was conceived where his mother had a choice to abort him. This made abortion a very personal subject and he is obviously against it. However, no matter how thankful Jesse Jackson was for the life he had been granted both by God and his mother, he also in a sense cannot quench someone else’s right to choose. He cannot, as Jesse Jackson wrote in one of his essays, override life’s nature (the freedom to choose) by a moral issue.
In 1975, Jesse Jackson proposed an amendment to ban abortion. He said that life is something that has been fought for since the time of conception. And for something that must be fought for, nobody has the right to stop it from happening. Jesse Jackson also stated that “man is irresponsible”. If a woman does not want to have a child, then contraception should have been used. Jesse Jackson believes in family planning therefore the use of prophylactics, natural rhythm, pills, condoms and a lot more should be imposed and taught in sex education. There reverend Jesse Jackson further added that sex should be an act of purpose, not just of pleasure.
The article Jesse Jackson wrote for the NRLC (National Right to Life Committee), a pro-life group in the US, clearly showed how he advocate life and how Jesse Jackson viewed abortion as an act of irresponsible people. His endorsement to the Hype Amendment, aims to bar federal funds to support abortion, also confirmed his views on abortion. He never reiterated his opinions on aborting life but political pressure can catch up on every politician, even the great “American’s conscience” himself. Since Jesse Jackson joined the pro-choice movement, he was no longer expressive of his opinions concerning the matter. He now emphasized the right of each person of their private lives, the right to choose.
Jesse Jackson is a great man fighting for a cost. Some greater than the other and most of his acts, Jesse Jackson has to set priorities. His main objective was to fight for equality. He advocates every person’s right to choose what they deem is best for them. And although Jesse Jackson sees abortion as an act against the principles of life, he cannot insist on it. In the end, forgiveness must be done. A woman has the right of her body and if abortion is her plausible solution to her bodily problem, she has the right to do so. Jesse Jackson mature views on abortion is to let a woman do what she deem is right but she has to carry out the consequences that goes after it.
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