Few things work as well in making a prolife person like myself feel justified in our cause like a skilled proabortion wordsmith attempting to paint us in the worst possible light--and failing!
I know that many conservatives like myself come to the Nation site to read and understand progressives, and when we see an article like this, so awkwardly skewed, our hearts soar, and we hope that many of your subscribers will read it.
I believe Ms. Pollitt is correct. Spending $2.5 million for a thirty-second ad is a colossal waste, for any advertiser, if you ask me. But if it’s worth it to sell beer or Internet access, why is it not worth it to save the life of a baby, Katha? Over 55 million unborn babies have died since the passing of Roe v. Wade. Please tell me how many of those you believe, had they gone the other way, would have turned out with a husband weeping at a graveside, or might have produced a Ted Bundy? And don’t we take that chance at every birth, rather than just the ones that get aborted?
Conservatives use "proabortion" to define your cause, and from our point of view, that is a correct depiction, considering the horrendous abortion statistics, and the aggressive behavior of the "proabortion" people in promoting the activities of organizations such as Planned Parenthood that have nothing to do with parenthood and everything to do with abortion.
Ms. Pollitt did not coin the word "antichoicer," but it could not be a more inaccurate description of us, and her use of it helps to puts the spotlight on her true agenda.
Choice is the wonderful right given us all, not by government but by our Creator. Our founders recognized this, and acknowledged it in our Constitution. But in so doing, they did not attempt to define good choices and bad choices.
Our Creator, in infinite wisdom, made us to be societal individuals, and built within us the ability to discern good and evil. All great religions, and the foundations of philosophy, are based on our recognition of this distinction. Human will is so guided by this instinct that every event in human history carries within it an argument for each side of the issue. And so it is for abortion.
Many of the events of human history will be debated by philosophers and clerics for all time, and that is how it should be. But not so for abortion. Nine men in black robes have decided the argument for all of us. Abortion is not an evil.
When Roe v. Wade is finally overturned, and the individual is left to decide for herself whether abortion is good or evil, choice will be restored.
You ask “Are people so easily manipulated?” No, Katha, they are not.
Feb 7 2010 - 12:49pm