SexMachine: There should be a sticky on the PWI Forum Top Page proclaiming, in big bold letters,
[u][i]All Hope of a Reasonable Conversation Abandon, All Ye Who Enter a Kneedragger Abortion Thread![/u][/i]
On the eve of attending a fundraising banquet hosted by the local Right to Life organisation (to which I contributed) and attended by the local Bishop, I was once accused by Kneedragger of "supporting the slaughter of innocent children", for posting the following:
[i]There's a very strong "us vs. them" feeling to the whole abortion debate, another characteristic it shares in common with the gun control debate, or the war against terrorism.
[M]uch in the same way as you should not interpret my opinion that the US military is needlessly overextending itself through a foreign policy of intervention in Africa and the Middle East as my implicit support of Islamic extremism and terrorism, I think you are being incredibly intellectually lazy in assuming, just because my position on this particular issue is not in lockstep with yours, that I must be an advocate of the murder of the unborn.
For the record, I believe that a human fetus is alive, and human, and probably deserves to live. I would be delighted if someone were to suggest a workable alternative to abortion, one that would both prevent the conception of unwanted children on the one hand, and find adoptive parents for all of the unwanted babies that have been conceived on the other. So far, we don't have that. Not even close.
Telling teenagers not to have sex, or "scaring" them into not having sex, is a step in the right direction, but an absolute eradication of the practice of abortion in this country is going to involve a legal and cultural paradigm shift that, to my mind anyway, the country is not yet ready for. If we were a totalitarian theocracy, with the power to implant all teenage girls with a subdermal contraceptive at puberty, which would be removed by the state upon marriage, and only upon both partners showing proof of financial stability suitable for raising a child, while imposing stiff civil and criminal penalties on any couple conceiving a child out of wedlock, or without proper authority, then abortion would cease.
I don't want to live in a country like that. Do you? What is the alternative, and why has it not been tried yet?[/i]