Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Reproductive freedom: The 'right' to jump and not die

Abortion: Jennifer Roback Morse writes, "It is startling to realize that the looming battle for the Supreme Court hinges on whether nominees will pledge their support for the utterly irrational demand to suspend the law of cause and effect. For that is what the claim that we have a constitutional right to 'reproductive freedom' amounts to."

Real reproductive freedom is the choice of whether or not to engage in sexual behavior, not the choice of whether or not to bear the natural consequences of that choice. Similarly, "We don't think of freedom of movement as meaning the right to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge and not die."

Meanwhile, I was glancing at the website of a St. John's University/College of St. Benedict pro-life group and came across these quotes, which are excellent for t-shirts and slogans:
The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts--a child--as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience.

- Mother Teresa

A person's a person, no matter how small.

- Dr. Seuss

They also have a link to this Euthanasia Q & A from the excellent Frank Pavone.

Update: Apparently Dr. Seuss's widow has a problem with his story quote being used for the pro-life cause. Still, looking through his literature, there's sometimes a strong pro-life message - that a person's worth is intrinsic, not extrinsic.

But speaking of good quotes, here are a ton more quotes on the abortion issue.

Plus, it's appalling to me that these politicians so blatantly changed positions on the issue. To have articulated the pro-life position the way they did - surely, they must have understood the logic, which we can't be sure of with most Democrats because we can't get past the manipulated language (we need them to admit a rejection of transcendent human dignity). And so it's hard to label their flip-flop anything other than evil, and demonstrative of terrible, terrible character.

The reversal of Jesse Jackson, being a minister, is particularly disturbing.

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