Tarry for the Nonce

May 18, 2006

Like a Fish on a Hook

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 2:43 pm

Frederica Mathewes-Green offers an interesting perspective on the abortion debate.

(Hat tip to Brian Preston.)

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1 Comment

  1. I like the idea of pro-life and pro-choice individuals talking about their positions so that both can understand each other. That said, this person may be a little more effective than the average “you’ll burn in hell for abortion” type, but not much more. Even if pro-life people can somehow convince pro-choice people that “Abortion doesn’t have to happen” (thanks for the tip), this doesn’t neatly translate into “Abortion should be illegal or unavailable.” For us, it translates into “we need better education and more available contraceptives,” something the author flatly rejects as ineffective. As abortion foes are fond of pointing out, most abortions occur among the poor; do they also suppose that these poor have equal access to education and contraception? The answer is obviously no, but these activists are usually completely opposed to any government funding of sex education and contraception. Liberals have said it before and will say it again; you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

    Anyhow, I guess this essay wasn’t directed at me; the author says that invoking religion isn’t effective in argument with nonreligious people, and then does so several times. Best of luck to her with her new kindler, gentler, more indirect attempts to convince people that abortion should be illegal, though.

    Comment by Kevin — May 19, 2006 @ 1:37 pm


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