We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re The Unwanted Child: The writer not unreasonably places modern abortion in the historical context of infanticide and abandonment, and suggests that modern abortion is a "more humane" alternative. While this argument may have some merit on the surface, he fails to account for the facts that (1) earlier societies did not have effective contraception available (other than abstinence), and (2) they were not nearly as wealthy as modern societies are. If we grant that abortion should be judged in the context of past practices, it is dishonest if we overlook what is significantly different in today's world, in considering what kind of behavior is appropriate now. We have the technology today to prevent nearly all unwanted pregnancies. All that is required is the will to use it.
His closing statement gives the game away, when he states (treating speculation as a statement of fact) "...what disturbs most anti-abortion campaigners is not abortion itself, but the sex that causes unwanted pregnancy". Really? Exactly how does he know that? That claim is essentially an ad-hominem attack on the motives of the opposing side, which indicates that on some level Rob Brooks knows that his argument is much weaker than he suggests.
I agree significantly. I dislike arguments that veer toward "Ultimately, these are bad people," whether from conservatives or liberals. We/they may indeed be bad people. But the argument needs to stand or fall on its own.
I would very much challenge the assertion that "It's really about the sex," much as I have challenged the "If you get a few drinks into these guys, you'll find they really hate women" assertion. I know many pro-life people personally, both activist and quiet. I have never had that impression from any of them. I have seen comments online that would suggest that, yes. But on the internet, no one knows if you're a dog.
Assistant Village Idiot
It may be time to admit that the American Experiment has been a failure, that we were unable to avoid the perils of democracy. Not everything is within the purview of the federal government, nor was it ever designed to be.
"Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. "Winston Churchill
I guess the same might be said of our Constitutional Representative Republic.
Actually it was working pretty well, not perfectly but as well as could be expected, until Woodrow Wilson and FDR came along. It's been mostly downhill since.
If Karl Marx had been born a couple of hundred years earlier, the Founders might have come up with some additional safeguards against the siren song of utopian statism. But perhaps I am ascribing to them abilities which no human possesses.
Source, with an explanation of what the various comparative numbers mean, please. It would clearly be a good exercise for you to try and understand what is actually happening. Someone is feeding you opinions spiced with factlets, and you are swallowing them.
If you only want conservative credentialed sources, Allahpundit over at Hot Air seems pretty good from the few things I've read. Or WSJ. Or you could just talk to the people in your town who do this for a living, working for you in ER's and ICU's.
Assistant Village Idiot
"You're all right-wing bigots if you're not into dudes."