I’ve been meaning for a few days to say something about abortion. I’ve been reluctant because the issue combines an actually-quite-subtle problem with very strongly held political positions, and it’s hard to do justice to both.
This first post won’t offer a positive resolution of the debate, but merely some preparatory criticism and analysis of some of the positions. The next will try to be more constructive.
Part of what gives me pause about this issue is the resemblance that sometimes jumps out between opposition to abortion and many of my own beliefs, like opposition to meat-eating. In both cases most people think there’s nothing wrong at all, and the bit of flesh that they’re destroying is of no importance, and then a weirdo with a placard turns up calling them a murderer.