What Will It Take To Actually End Abortion? (1 of 3) How the pro-life movement is unwittingly aborting our pro-life era.
What will it take to actually end abortion? The abortion debate is a messy one; unlike other social issues, there is dispute over who the victim is. Abortion is a polarizing issue and once we reach polarization, there’s not much progress that can be made. It’s too easy to get lost in the weeds of polemics, bad arguments, irrational outbursts, knee-jerk reactions, self-righteous piety, and so on. There is no easy way to talk about this issue, so regardless of how I present this, someone is going to bite back. Let me preface what I’m about to say, by stating emphatically that I am staunchly pro-life, and I base that view on medical science, bioethics, and the Non-Aggression Principle (which affirm my theological view). However, I’ve been disenchanted (and even cynical at times) by some tactics taken up by the pro-life movement. My reasons for this disenchantment will become clearer as we go along, but it bears saying at the outset that I neither support nor defend the legality of abortion. This is a topic that I used to be very vocal about, but I’ve left untouched for several years because each side seems, at least, more interested in winning the debate, than either saving lives or empowering women. In fact, I think this has been observed by most people who explain their stance on abortion by beginning with the phrase, “I’m pro-life,...Read More