Magazine article The Human Life Review

Abortion: A Tool for Modern Times?

Magazine article The Human Life Review

Abortion: A Tool for Modern Times?

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When we first read Christopher Caldwell's essay, "Pro-Lifestyle" (in The New Republic last April), it gave us pause. His argument is the following: the reason Republic last April)-, it -gave -us- pause. His argument -is -the there is such a split between what Americans say they think about abortion and what they are actually willing to do to make it less accessible is because the reported "moral misgivings" of the majority of Americans are "bogus"-Americans are used to an abortion-supported lifestyle, and they are not about to give it up.

Is he right? That's the question we put to our two respondents, Ramesh Ponnuru, and Father Francis Canavan, S.J. In this special section, we have reprinted Caldwell's piece, followed by the two commentaries. Without giving away the import of the replies, I think it's fair to generalize that both Ponnuru and Canavan would charge Caldwell with being unfairly dismissive of both the pro-life cause and the depth of the moral quandaries of many Americans.

Nonetheless, Caldwell's is a provocative position, because it cannot be denied that for at least one segment of society, abortion has become a lifestyle-enabler. In a country with more and more millionaires every year, abortion is often seen as a "necessity" not, ironically, because of the hardship of another little mouth to feed, but because the little one's needs are inconvenient to the "have it all" lifestyle of his or her parents. …

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