The great Anthony Esolen has written a brilliant article for Public Discourse on the underlying issue in the abortion controversy: autonomy. That is, the insistence on being a law unto oneself. Having a child puts us in relationships and gives us obligations that undermines the possibility of sexual, economic, and personal autonomy.
Read the whole essay. It begins by showing how logic, science, evidence, experience all support the anti-abortion position. In fact, all of the arguments for abortion have been shot down. But for those committed to abortion, the facts do not matter. Today, supporters of abortion refuse any limits to the mother’s and her doctor’s “right” to kill that child, even when the baby could live outside her womb, when there is no question of the fetus being just a part of the mother’s body. Politicians who support abortion cannot even bring themselves to vote for a bill that would protect the target of abortion even after he or she is born, should the abortion be bungled.