Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Abortion: psychologically (but not morally) complex

A woman has written a new book recounting her "abortion addiction" (she's had 16). Though her story is filled with unhappiness and shame, and culminates in "the redeeming face of motherhood," the book supposedly "understands the complex moral decision making surrounding a pregnancy decision and how devaluing to women's real experience is any bumper sticker approach to choice."

I'm reminded of this insight from pro-life philosopher Stephen Schwarz:
People rightly see the psychological complexity of abortion -- that it can be an agonizing decision, that opinion is divided, etc. They wrongly interpret this complexity as moral complexity, and thus fail to grasp the horror of abortion.
Morally, the abortion issue is relatively straightforward: Is the unborn a valuable, rights-bearing human being like you and me? If so, intentionally killing him or her by abortion is a grave injustice.