Abortion: April 2007 Archives

High Ground


Christianity Today has a convincing article arguing against putting post-abortion syndrome at the center of the abortion debate.

I think it's good to talk about PAS to the extent that we don't pretend that's the extent of or even the foundational pro-life concern. The problem with abortion is that it kills a human person, period, end of sentence. It can additionally lead to physical and psychological stress and illness, and pro-lifers should talk about that and definitely should reach out to those so affected, but if we omit the fact that the abortion is wrong as a matter of principle we present an incomplete and dishonest picture.

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Partial Birth


Remember when you read and listen to and watch all of the "Oh the horrror!" editorials and news reports and other media coverage of the Partial Birth decision that all the fist-shaking and rhetoric about "activist" courts is basically saying that banning this is a bad thing.

I've written before that there are dangers in focusing on partial-birth abortion because it's just one procedure, and to say that an abortion procedure is bad is to an extent to imply that the idea of abortion itself isn't so bad if it's done the right way. (In fact you have to assume that since opposition to partial birth abortion is higher than opposition to abortion in general, there are certain people who do believe this. People can be incredibly unthoughtful.)

Without retracting what I wrote (since I stil believe that there was shameful cynicism on the part of some supporters of the PBABA), I have to say I'm pleased by the Supreme Court's decision. As minor of an effect as it will have, it is a real step towards sanity in our abortion law. I hold little hope that in my lifetime we'll see unborn children accorded full legal protection, but even to get to the point where our laws reflect the general beliefs of the people would be nice.

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That's a good start


Supreme Court upholds Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act!

I'm genuinely happy, but I also think Mark Shea has a sharp take. This is a bare minimum.

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