Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Defending Abortion By Comparing It to the "Violence" of Childbirth

Is there no rationalization that intensely pro-abortion believers won’t indulge? 

Now, Nina Burleigh has equated the rigors of childbirth with the violence of baby murderer, Kermit Gosnell. From her column in the New York Observer: “The murder conviction of quack abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell for scissoring viable fetuses to death propelled a new effort to demonize abortion generally. Even moderates like Ross Douthat used the event to remind people how violent and gruesome late-term abortions are when performed by competent doctors, failing to note that childbirth itself is a violent and gruesome event too.”

Born babies are not, by definition, “fetuses.”

Childbirth is certainly intense, but not “violent” — at least in the generally understood meaning as “involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.” But late-term abortion definitely comes under that definition.

Radical feminists complain that our “patriarchal” society reflects fear and loathing for female biological functions. But they are the ones.

“Childbirth Is Not ‘Violent’” by Wesley J. Smith at NRO.