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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Re: Brian Broker’s letter (under “Compassionate Plea”) in Reader Mail’s Bushwacked, Part III:
Brian Broker trots out a version of the old abortion as compassion argument: “…faced with a difficult pregnancy and the possibility of a life for the fetus/baby of profound sickness and pain a loving mother is confronted with an impossible choice.” He goes on, “Their desire to choose [abortion] stems not from self-interest but from a profound love for their unborn child.” He ends saying that we should count ourselves fortunate we aren’t in that loving mother’s shoes and have compassion for those mother’s who have to make abortion their choice.
It is difficult to know from his letter exactly what Mr. Broker’s broader point is. Is it the availability of abortion should be curtailed in most instances but reserved for those special cases such as the one he outlines? Or is it that if you allow some abortions then you must allow them all? Is he saying that the “hard case” abortion he relates in his letter is in fact emblematic of all abortions?” Mr. Broker doesn’t say and one suspects that silence may be deliberate.
In fact, Mr. Broker has constructed his argument to frame the abortion issue as a matter of heartlessness vs. compassion. That is, the pro-abortionists are the kind hearted champions of those mired in the human condition while Pro-lifers are the narrow-minded, two dimensional, self-righteous s.o.b.’s who set themselves up to render cold judgment upon their fellow brothers and sisters with no acceptance for human frailty. Somehow, we are to relent and change our views because this hypothetical mother is wringing her hands all the way to the abortionist’s table.
All our anguish and handwringing shed little light upon whether abortion is an injustice toward the unborn. There is no question that life is complex and messy and much of the time we have no solutions but only tradeoffs. But we complexify far too readily when a simple question gets to the heart of the matter. Direct answers often mean a harder life to live, doing what we don’t want to do and going where we’d rather not go.
Women who are seeking abortions are human beings and as such they
have the whole array of thoughts and responses. Some do feel
anguish while others are indifferent. Some are horrified while
others can’t believe this is what all the shouting is about. Some
feel remorse and regret afterward while others look upon their
abortions as a positive good. Rarely are any of these truly evil.
Rarely are their consciences dead. But are they misguided?
Perhaps the truth is that terminating a gestating life for
whatever reason is not their choice to make.
— Mike Dooley
Re: Joe Bialek’s letter (under “Count Me Out of the Cult”) in Reader Mail’s Bushwacked, Part III:
I have just read Mr. Bialek’s letter captioned “Count Me Out of
the Cult.” I am compelled to write in to say that I believe that
Mr. Duck would have defeated the Republican candidate by a wider
margin than Mr. Obama. Personally, I would have cast my ballot
for Mr. Duck.
— Reid Bogie
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?