Of Obama, Hope, and Roe

This video has been many Catholic blogs, but it sums up the events of the past week with drama and grace, though alas not with suffficient effect.

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10 years 1 month ago
"not with sufficient effect" The assumption in that attitude is that women do not think about aborting or try to abort if no one mentions it to them. Obama did not sign FOCA (yet?), he merely made it possible for people to say the "A" word when they are providing medical treatment to women in developing countries courtesy of the US government. The idea is that these women should be stopped from doing it themselves. Perhaps pro-life people (real ones, not the pro-illegal abortion ones) will find a way to make sure abortion is not presented to someone as a good choice, rather than having it never be mentioned or provided. The idea is that a woman should not be punished with death or organ damage because she made the unwise decision to have an abortion. For example, would it be an invasion of privacy to require ultrasound results be shown to women before providing them with abortions? Would it be wrong to require that the other "A" word (adoption) be mentioned and that the US government would make funding available for that?
10 years 1 month ago
Your first point sounds good: women think long and hard before aborting. But does moral deliberation really excuse immoral conduct or evil? Thomas Jefferson deliberated about the morality of slavery. Yet he still kept slaves. I agree: women should not consider abortion to be a good choice. Which is why the pro-life movement has started up thousands of crisis pregnancy centers in the last few decades.

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