"In 1990, in the Boston area, Operation Rescue and other groups were regularly blockading the clinics, and many of us went every Saturday morning for months to help women and staff get in. As a result, we knew many of the 'antis' by face. One morning, a woman who had been a regular 'sidewalk counselor' went into the clinic with a young woman who looked like she was 16-17, and obviously her daughter. When the mother came out about an hour later, I had to go up and ask her if her daughter's situation had caused her to change her mind. 'I don't expect you to understand my daughter's situation!' she angrily replied. The following Saturday, she was back, pleading with women entering the clinic not to 'murder their babies.'" (Clinic escort, Massachusetts)
The greatest failing of any absolute belief is that it completely discounts the endless variations of humanity. Of course when the demagogues are confronted personally with the sins they love to condemn -- such as Bill Bennett and gambling, Rush and his hillbilly heroin or this woman's daughter and a very inconvenient pregnancy -- only then do they realize that every situation is different. No rule will ever work for all cases in all places at all times.
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