“Frankly I had thought at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“There are times when abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white.” – Richard Nixon. The guy who gave us Harry Blackmun, author of Roe v. Wade.
There’s a reason for this:
Normal people *know* that this is murder. Being consequentialists as most Americans are, they don’t necessarily let the fact that it is murder stop them from supporting it. But most people shift uneasily in their seats when abortion fanatics say, in cold blood, “So what if it’s murder?” The average “pro-choice” person feels the sting of conscience when confronted by such feverish apostles for evil and edge away humming “Don’t stand so, don’t stand so, don’t stand so close to me.” They have a haunted conscience. They’d much rather not think about it. In their relationship with the true fanatical pro-abort, they are much like what Lincoln described in one of the debates with Stephen Douglas, as he talked about the way normal people–even people who were uncomfortable with abolitionists–regarded slave dealers:
[Y]ou have among you a sneaking individual of the class of native tyrants known as the slave-dealer. He watches your necessities, and crawls up to buy your slave at a speculating price. If you cannot help it, you sell to him; but if you can help it, you drive him from your door. You despise him utterly; you do not recognize him as a friend, or even as an honest man. Your children must not play with his; they may rollick freely with the little negroes, but not with the slave-dealer’s children. If you are obliged to deal with him, you try to get through the job without so much as touching him. It is common with you to join hands with the men you meet; but with the slave-dealer you avoid the ceremony,—instinctively shrinking from the snaky contact. If he grows rich and retires from business, you still remember him, and still keep up the ban of non-intercourse upon him and his family. Now, why is this? You do not so treat the man who deals in cotton, corn, or tobacco.
Replace “slave dealer” with “Kermit Gosnell” or “partial birth abortionist” and you have the sense that even most so-called “pro-choice” people feel about the thing. The majority of those who put them down as “pro-choice” do so in the spirit of wishing the whole damn thing would go away, who cringe with embarrassment when the fanatics say, “So what if it’s murder?”, who try to tell themselves that they are well-meaning feminists who just want it to be “safe, legal, and rare”. They are consequentialists, to be sure (like the right wing consequentialists who supported torture because they imagined it was “keeping America safe”). But like those consequentialists, they are haunted in conscience by it and keep wishing it gone. Truth be told, a lot of them would not complain if there were more restrictions on the whole filthy practice. They hear the quote from the Salon people, or the elitism of Ginsburg or the frank and open racism of Nixon or Margaret Sanger or the naked confessions of lies told in order to sell the vile thing and they’ve got nuthin’. Pro-abortion ideology corrupts and ruins everything it touches. Cherishing human life is natural, normal, and healthy. All normal people sense this. Only the most ruined and crazy conscience of the pro-abortion zealot fails to grasp this, which is why people like the Salon lunatic repel, even other liberals.
So here’s the thing: Why are the abortion fanatics still inexplicably allowed to control the Democratic party? They will never be trusted even by people empathetic to the rest of their agenda because even a big percentage of their own base feels toward them as the average schmoe felt toward Lincoln’s slave dealer. And outside the party, that percentage just goes up. If the Dems are smart, they will finally break the ideological death grip these fanatics have on their and make *some* move to get in touch with the majority of Americans. Make a move, Dems. It’s the smart thing as well as the right thing. Get rid of these nutty abortion Jacobins and *bend* on this, for the love (quite literally) of Christ. You’ve got nothing lose politically and everything to gain. Right now you have, as you guys keep irrationally letting the fanatics choose, a President who–with open and naked contempt for what 70 percent of Americans think–favors stabbing babies in the brain with scissors and even letting babies who have been born die. He is is radically out of touch with his constituency–even his party constituency. So why keep putting up with it? Doesn’t mean you have to embrace the brain-deadness of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism. But why not, if nothing else, steal this issue from them by taking seriously and obliging the prolife movement with some serious concern for the unborn, since the intransigence of your party leadership on this matter is *the* reason the Thing that Used to be Conservatism still has the political legs it does, despite being run by a leadership that is out of ideas and wedded to nihilism.
Dems: Can you not see how massively stupid your leadership’s pro-abortion zeal is? Can you really not see that?