The Line We Can Live With? Just a Little Abortion, Please
The line is very simple, very absolute: the child in the womb is a human person from the moment of conception and has the right to live.
For too many people, outlawing abortion from conception onward is just too demanding a position to take. They don't really like abortion, but they want more flexibility than "no abortion, ever." So they find a more comfortable line to draw. Some destruction of human life has to be allowed, just not too much. That's where some political conservatives want to take the pro-life effort, and we have to refuse to go there.
They contend that Conservatism needs a makeover and I need to step aside and let the modern, moderate conservatives take over the message and the mechanics.
They want to draw a more reasonable line. And sad to say, judging from the truckload of affirmative comments to their recent post, they're not alone. My husband calls it politics for politics' sake.
The Chicks will be happy to hear that I'll be glad to shed the conservative label. It's pretty meaningless now. I suppose it makes some distinction between me and a hard-left abortion-on-demand, nanny-government liberal, but that's about all it does. It doesn't encompass what I really believe, or what is really right. (I'm simply Catholic; a la Christ and His Church, not a la Pelosi and Biden.)
One of the Chicks, Mockarena, says that while she doesn't dispute the science of when life begins, she has drawn her abortion line at a beating heart, or about 21 days past conception. From that point on, she says abortion is wrong. Before then, it's not a problem and should be allowed, and in fact, encouraged through the use of Plan B/Morning After pills and widespread contraception. This would be a victory for conservatives, she claims, and would achieve the goal of reducing abortions in America. This is realistic, and that's where we should be putting our efforts, says she. Those who disagree with her are unreasonable, extreme, and hurting the conservative cause.
To Mockarena, I have to ask one question: What makes your line any less arbitrary than the line the pro-abortionists have drawn? Their line is the moment after delivery when the cord is cut. Why is your line any better?
It's really all about finding the line that makes us most comfortable. The line we feel lets us have the best of both sides of the thing we're debating. (As if abortion has a good side...) The line where a desirable-enough outcome is achieved, even if it isn't the truly moral or just outcome.
How much killing can we get away with without getting bloody? How much killing can we stomach and still sleep at night? How much power can we assert over another one who is powerless without seeming like a big bully, or tyrant, or heartless abuser ourselves?
How can we cheat a little and still be reputable? How can we have what we want without making the difficult sacrifice? How far can we push that line before we actually have to do the right thing?
Abortion is wrong. Period. Full stop.
Many conservatives will say they agree with me. But like Mockarena, then they'll want to continue... "but we have to face reality. Abortion is legal, after all, and we're not going to turn back the clock. So shouldn't we concentrate our efforts on making abortion as rare and undesirable as possible? Shouldn't we focus on reducing the number of abortions by championing contraception, including the Morning After pill? After all, women who've been raped or had unprotected sex should get emergency contraception immediately. Then they won't need a real abortion later."
(Allow me to introduce you to Kathleen Sebelius, Cecile Richards, and Sandra Fluke. I think you'll all get along swimmingly.)
If more contraception was the key to fewer abortions, then more bars ought to be the solution to drunk-driving.
I'm not sure conservatives who make this argument are interested in justice or in what's genuinely right or even factual. (First they need to stop getting their information from the Guttmacher Institute.) Perhaps they're more interested in comfort, compromise, and popularity. They're interested in politics.
But abortion is not a political issue. It's the ultimate human rights issue; the true test of society's morality and justice. People who can utter the word "need" in relation to abortion have not yet grasped what it's all about. When is there ever a need to kill a child??
It's about only one thing: the humanity of the child in the womb. It's about recognizing that humanity even when it's inconvenient to us and cramps our style; even when it alters our plans.
But admittedly, that's a demanding position to take. That's an all-or-nothing hill to die on, ...
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