Many, if not most Americans identify strongly as either Pro-Life or Pro-Choice. Almost all of them equate these labels with their stand on abortion. But the labels can and should apply to other stands as well. To my thinking, abortion is one of the least applicable topics related to this divide. Only a small percentage of Americans are directly affected by abortion. Every American is affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and each of us must pick a side as either Pro-Life or Pro-Choice. Are you willing to sacrifice all of your non-essential choices by avoiding contact with others to save lives? Then you are Pro-Life. Do you believe that you have rights to do what you want even if your actions infect and often kill others? Then you are Pro-Choice. Do you generally stay at home but occasionally sneak out to church or to socialize? Then you are pretending to be Pro-Life but in reality, you are Pro-Choice. Taking a position on a theoretical position that doesn’t actually affect you personally means nothing. It is the positions that affect your life, and especially the sacrifices you make that define you.
When it comes to Covid-19, the majority of Americans are Pro-Life: they are making all the necessary personal sacrifices to protect the lives of others. This body cuts across every demographic and ideology. However, when you compare ideologies and those who are the most passionately Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, you discover an ironic twist. The most strongly Pro-Life are liberals and the most strongly Pro-Choice are conservatives. Who could have guessed that we had this divide backwards all these years?
A Summary of the Political Divide