I have never in my life seen a more stubborn group of people than the pro-life and pro-choice group of ideologues. In the past few days, the FDA made a ruling on the OTC sale of "Plan B" which seemed perfectly reasonable to me, but these two groups of extremist don't like the new plan, but for different reasons. The pro-choice crowd doesn't like the fact that kids under the age of 18 won't be able to purchase this supercharged birth control pill without a prescription. While the pro-life forces don't want the pill on the market at all, even as a prescription. In my view, the FDA did a pretty good job at threading this nettle, even if it did take several years to accomplish.
As years have passed I have discovered that both of these organizations are completely out of the mainstream of America. While both seem reasonable when being interviewed by the media, the truth is that pro-choice radicals wish to allow abortion up until the moment of birth, while pro-life forces are even against adults taking any type of birth control. Neither one of these groups will often admit these goals, but down deep inside that is what they are both really all about.
Almost every week I write about people and organizations who are out of the mainstream in America, but who have gain tremendous political power because while their hard core followers are small in number, they are very well organized and are able to get the faithful to the polls on election day and these folks are one issue voters. The US system was based and still is on compromise. That is why our Republic has been able to stand the test of time. However, it concerns me that I'm starting to see too many people who want the country to follow their narrow view even if others don't believe the same way.
When I listen to extremist on either side of the abortion debate, I see what is wrong with this country right now and I hope that the nation will eventually move back toward the middle politically. The FDA decision on "Plan B" seems like a middle of the road decisions and the one thing that should make everyone feel good about it is that neither extreme is happy about when the FDA decided.
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