Paul From Minneapolis

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

What do pro-choice believers make of something like this?

Conservative moral activist (among other things) Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review points to an LA Times article about a mission-driven abortion provider who believes he’s giving women their lives back in relieving them of desperately unwanted pregnancies. He strives to relieve them of guilt they may feel, and seems to succeed sometimes:

"The last patient of the day, a 32-year-old college student named Stephanie, has had four abortions in the last 12 years. She keeps forgetting to take her birth control pills. Abortion 'is a bummer,' she says, 'but no big stress.'"

Is that kind of attitude an inherently undesirable thing? Is it more than undesirable; is it some kind of immoral or sinful? And if so, why? Would that strong an opinion depend on a perception that the aborted fetus is actually some kind of human life? Finally, less subjectively, how common is this young woman's attitude, or something like it; something in the same cavalier direction?

I don’t know. Although an opening bid of “extremely rare” I would confidently see and raise.