Magazine article The Nation

Babies, Anyone?

Magazine article The Nation

Babies, Anyone?

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I oppose abortion, and I favor adoption," said George Bush in the Sunday debate. He then went on to suggest that although he hadn't yet "sorted out" the matter, "we" would have to "come to grips with the penalty side" were abortion to be made a crime, and left open the possibility of jailing women who have them. By the next day, Bush's handlers had figured out that 1.6 million abortions a year added up to a lot of criminals - and a lot of votes. And so the women who had been Murderers the night before were upgraded to "victims" (of card-carrying members of the A.C.L.U., perhaps?), and their doctors took their place as candidates for striped loungewear.

Given the tea-party politesse of the media where the Vice President is concerned, Bush may succeed in his efforts at damage control. So far he has escaped connection with the appalling Republican Party platform, which rejects abortion even to save the mother's life. "Adoption not abortion" is a clever stroke. Just as "pro-life" implies that the opposition is "pro-death," this sound bite implies that pro-choicers would prefer to send a little soul shivering into limbo rather than find it "a family where there will be love."

0nce again the pregnant woman has been excised from the abortion debate, as though bearing a child against her will in order- to turn it over to strangers were no big deal. Nevertheless, let's consider how the Bush adoption program might work. Say there are about 1 million couples who seriously want to adopt a baby and 1. …

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