Abortion Continues to Divide America

The United States continues to split from their differences. The issue on spotlight is abortion, and with one arguing about pro-life and the other focusing on the life of the mother, there has been difficult chances to see the subject eye to eye. Some states have outlawed abortion. For women to get an abortion, some of them have crossed into different states. This can be a crime for some states too.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California is committed to protecting abortion rights, but Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma prohibited abortion after six weeks. States like Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and South Dakota would make the ban go into effect immediately. The Midwestern states are split in between their support on abortion. Veteran Republican Strategist Mike Murphy said, “It’s two different worlds — hostile, suspicious of each other and assuming bad intent. It’s become totally tribal. There are no opponents anymore. Everyone is an enemy.” President Joe Biden said, “This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history.”

The current strategy of the White House is to shift their focus away from high inflation rates on consumer items. Some people felt betrayed by President Biden because he doesn’t keep his own promises on certain issues, even the previous presidents who promised a more peaceful America struggled to get the nation together on different topics. The main split on ideology is due to financial and cultural differences. Carroll Doherty, director of political research at the Pew Research Center, said, “Really, in every area of politics, you see evidence of partisan polarization.”

Social media adds into the separation of ideology because Americans will cater content to their ideology. They want to be around people who have the same opinions as them. Today, 30-40 percent of Republicans and Democrats said they would be unhappy if their children married someone in a different political party other than their own. A political scientist named Lilliana Mason said, “Our realities become different. The people we surround ourselves with have completely different narratives about what’s happening in America.” She adds, “The fact that we’ve physically moved away from each other allows us to hate each other more. It’s easy to dehumanize someone you’ve never met. It encourages the us-versus-them sort of thinking that creates this dire stakes for elections — if they win the election, everything is over.”


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