Magazine article Conscience

Flagging in the Face of Insanity, but We Will Triumph

Magazine article Conscience

Flagging in the Face of Insanity, but We Will Triumph

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YOU ASK THAT I WRITE A PIECE ON abortion and I don't want to. There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said by others, or by me, many times before. We have advanced cogent cutting arguments citing the absolute necessity for legal abortion, the alternative to which is not the eradication of abortion, but illegal (and therefore dangerous) abortion.

Not only am I at an age at which there is no possibility that I will ever need an abortion, but so is my daughter. I barely know anyone who might need an abortion. Most people in the feminist movement are in a similar position. Moreover, abortion is legal. It has been legal for thirty years or so, and by now should have entered the mainstream mentality as an ordinary procedure, as ordinary as blood tests, television and cell phones--one of which existed when I was young.

But we are up against a vocal and well-organized group--one far more clamorous than its numbers would suggest--of utterly relentless people. Some of them are, for God's sake, still trying to get rid of social security! They don't give up, and we are tired of fighting for something we already (supposedly) have. It doesn't do to investigate their motivations because they are paradoxical (well, so are ours). They want every child conceived to be born but are unwilling to offer assistance to babies born in need; they are against killing fetuses that are not yet persons, but exult in killing full-grown people in executions or war. …

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