David Kirkpatrick

January 23, 2010

Why there can be no real debate on abortion

Well, there’s a multitude of reasons, but this quote from the recent March for Life makes a pretty strong point:

One Virginia woman I spoke with, Rosemary, held up a massive image of Jesus while echoing Mother Teresa to me. Repeating her claim that abortion is the world’s greatest problem, she said: “It’s the contraception mentality…contraception leads to abortion leads to nuclear war.” She told me that, if she had her way, contraception would be illegal. “It’s bad for women. Life is being sabotaged.”

Abortion is the world’s greatest problem? The exact opposite — overcrowding — is certainly much more of a an actual problem when compared to a quasi-moral posit. And exactly how does abortion lead to nuclear war? That’s quite the chain of logic at work there.

Then there’s this from the March for Life founder:

“No exceptions. No compromise.”

So blared from the lips of Nellie Gray, the founder of the annual March for Life event, which brings hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates to the mall at Washington, D.C. every year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. “We can’t compromise with the abortionists,” she said — by which she means the Democratic Party and, as she came to explain, anyone who believes in exceptions for rape.

The phrase “no compromise” by definition means debating the issue is pointless.

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