Friday, January 21, 2011

How choice is not relevant to the debate

Abortion defenders today are "blogging for choice" (NARAL's "Blog for Choice Day 2011"). What do they mean by "choice"?

"Choice" in the abstract is not relevant to the issue of abortion, because it is clear to everyone in this debate that some choices are permissible and others are not. For example, the choice to abuse one's wife is morally wrong, and it should not be allowed under our laws. The question is: What kind of choice is the choice to have/perform/participate in an abortion? Good? Bad? Permissible? Morally trivial? Deserving of government involvement?

The choice of abortion is the choice to intentionally kill a developing unborn human being for reasons for which it would be obviously wrong to kill older human beings (like you and me). It is an act of violence that is often bloody, and always gruesome. That is what we are talking about. Defenders of this act should defend this act, not cower behind an empty word that has become a euphemism for something dark and sinister.