ABORTION: from the left, right, & muddle
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|Tue, 04-29-2003 - 7:01pm|
I don't know. What ever happened to respect for life? Call me old-fascist.
THE ABORTION DEBATE:
Growing up, we've all heard from our mothers that giving birth is like passing a bowling ball. I wonder if that's why conservatives want to keep abortions in the back alleys and gutters.
As for liberals, why do they support abortion rights but oppose term limits? (On a practical level, what surer way to stave off the rival candidacy of a pro-lifer than to terminate him after the second trimester?)
The hubris on both sides is so thick you could cut it with a curette. But use an izmail. Or is that ismayil? (Well, just don't call me one, for those familiar with Melville's "Moby Dick.")
So where does everyone stand on this issue? Are you with NARAIL or Operation Miscue?
Are you pro-life or prime choice?
Do you support a woman's right to chew?
Do you support fecal tissue and Dem cell research?
Do you hew to the mantra "Not the church, not the state, women will decide they're fat"?
Escatological (sic) references aside, if life doesn't begin at conception (the beginning) then when does it begin, at the end?
There are some who argue that the right to have an abortion is ABSOLUTE. That abortion cannot be restricted in ANY trimester, whether it be the first, third, or seventy-third. That if a woman chooses to have an abortion in her seventy-third trimester, that's her right. Even if she has to drag her child out of college to do it.
And there are some who would make exemptions in the case of the threat to the life of the mother. Well, any kid who threatens his mother shouldn't be aborted, he should be locked up for life.
What we need is a balance. We need to weigh the rights of the mother against the sins of the father ... before they're visited on the children. But then that raises the question: How do we affirm the mother's privacy rights without denying the father's visitation rights? Perhaps a compromise. After the kid is aborted, the father can have it on alternating weekends. Or, maybe it can stay with the grandparents, especially if they're deceased, until the custody battle is resolved amicably.
Or we might want to amend the Constitution to effect this balance, say, overturn Rove v Wade, support the ERA, and lower the pitcher's mound.
It might work.
Edited 6/1/2003 1:07:21 AM ET by folderol_express