The Democratic platform says: “Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.”
The Republican platform says in part: “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”
The Libertarian platform states: “Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”
According to the CDC the abortion rate in the U.S. in 2008 was 1.6%, constant from the prior year. 91.4% of the procedures were performed prior to 13 weeks. The CDC’s statistics indicate that 98.4% of pregnancies are completed, and a microscopic 1/100th of pregnancies undergo a later term procedure. The energy, effort and dollars that are aligned with both ‘sides’ of the abortion issue seem to be disproportionate to the impact abortions actually have.