|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Thursday, November 13, 2003
At first glance abortion would seem to be a fertile area for compromise. A fetus at, say, two months is tiny, and not recognizable as human. A fetus at the end of term, seven or eight months, could survive independently outside the womb. In my opinion, viewing early term abortion as murder is ludicrous; you might as well feel guilty for slapping on a rubber. Late term abortion, on the other hand, appears to me the cruellest of technicalities: "Hey little guy, I'll bet you wish you could make it out this fifteen centimeters of birth canal, huh? Then you'd be a person with rights!"
Yet the abortion lobby is intransigent. President Bush just signed a law banning late-term abortions. Three federal judges rushed to file injunctions. In the one case I heard about, the judge issued a stay because the legislation did not consider the health of the mother. I wasn't aware that this was a constitutional right, or for that matter was relevant in any other kind of criminal law. (When some nut drowns her kids in the bathtub we don't expect her to go into court and say that murdering her kids was necessary for her health.)
Militant abortionists can also rely on puff pieces from sympathetic journalists -- this piece is an excerpt from tomorrow's Mercury News:
So "partial birth abortion" is not a medical term? What on earth does that have to do with anything? The president, senators, and representatives deal with the federal legal code; other common legal terms such as "homicide" and "assault" are not medical terms either. Let me know if Bush et al agitate to teach at Stanford Medical School.
Of course what really sticks in the "Feminist Majority Leadership" craw is not that "partial birth abortion" is propaganda; what offends them is that it is effective propaganda. (So was the locution "killing fields," which described Khmer Rouge death camps. Shall we abandon that phrase because "field" is not an agricultural term?)
Incompetent argumentation by pro-abortion forces has been the norm for at least a decade. Consider the venue of bumper stickers. The only pro-abortion slogan that I found compelling was "US out of my uterus". Other popular catch phrases included: