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"All abortions are wrong -- except for mine."

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"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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Comments (6)

P. Bunyan:

Oh my God! Someone on the right who is as big a hypocrite as everyone on the left! The horror! Shamed I am!

"No rule will ever work for all cases in all places at all times"

You got that right. Society has no business outlawing murder. Sometimes there's just a damn good reason to kill someone.

Paul Hamilton:

That's right, P. Sometimes there is. Would you support the killing of Osama if we could ever find him?

And "murder" is a killing that cannot be justified, so that statement is as meaningless as saying that pr0n is a bad thing when the very meaning of the word defines it as bad. One man's pr0n is another's erotica.

cirby:

Kinda like Carl Rowan, the famous Democrat who was deeply, solidly committed to absolute handgun bans and all sorts of firearms registration, until he was arrested after shooting (with an unregistered handgun) a teenage kid for swimming in his pool.

Or a Democrat (pick just about any of the current "big" ones) who complains about global warming while flying around in a fuel-guzzling private jet.

P. Bunyan:

"Would you support the killing of Osama if we could ever find him?"

If we captured him alive I would not support killing him. I'm opposed to the death penalty.

If capturing him alive meant risking the lives of many others, and we could kill him at a distance (bomb, sniper, etc.) without that risk, then I'd support killing him.

BTW,

I agree there are hypocrites on the pro-life side of the abortion debate. That does not invalidate the pro-life position. That's my point.

Hell, I once dated a born again, pentecostal preacher's daughter. Before I'd met her, her preacher father had paid for her to have an abortion even though his public persona was staunchly opposed to it. Of course, that wasn't the only thing he was a hypocrite about...

There are many anecdotes like this but, as I've said, they do not invalidate the pro-life argument.

Your post here is equivalent to a post about a pro-choice advocate who actually had a live baby after an unplanned conception.

Wow. What a mess. I'm sorry for her daughter, as I bet the mixed messages are the same at home as they are on the street.

MunDane:

Ok, first off, I seem to remember seeing this on FDL's or Liberal Avenger's site last year sometime. I think...I could be wrong.

Second, the messenger does not equal the message.

Third, meh. Anecdotes...and unsustantiated ones at that.


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