Ross Douthat–The Unborn Paradox

This is the paradox of America’s unborn. No life is so desperately sought after, so hungrily desired, so carefully nurtured. And yet no life is so legally unprotected, and so frequently destroyed.

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2 comments on “Ross Douthat–The Unborn Paradox

  1. Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) says:

    I am “pro-choice.” As a constitutional conservative, libertarian on most social issues, I believe in “choice.”

    I truly do have the “choice” to throw a stone or a brick. If, however, by exercising that choice I cause harm to another person, or another person’s property … then I must face the consequences of that choice.

    In abortion, as in all things, the existence of [b]consequences[/b] for having chosen an aggressively anti-social path is [i]not[/i] the same thing as a lack of “choice.”

    We should, indeed, be protecting the unborn, since one of the few true roles of constitutionally conservative government is to protect the weak against the predations of the strong, particularly when violent.

    That said, the medically defensible position — ignoring faith and theology — is that the [i]appearance[/i] of certain brain waves (whose [i]disappearance[/i] defines the end of life) should constitute a significant legal threshold, beyond which the consequences of aggressively violent choice become progressively more severe.

    The only key difference between beginning-of-life and end-of-life brainwave interpretation is that of [i]potential[/i] or more accurately STOLEN potential. The unborn have that potential, the newly brain-dead … do not.

  2. SC blu cat lady says:

    I have two siblings who were adopted. My parents adopted them when you had to agree to adopt two children as that is what was considered a family back in the 1950s. Also, my brother was not legally adopted for many months. During that time, my parents were foster parents. Adoption is a great choice but too few consider that anymore due to the easy availability of abortion. What a shame. Think of how many children could have been raised in wonderful loving homes.