Why Don’t Liberals Accept Conservative Premises on Abortion?
At The Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky writes:
Women of America, I hereby apologize for the members of my sex from whom we’ve been hearing so much recently. What in the world is going on with these men? For a bunch of people who purport to be advancing allegedly “moral” positions, they are in fact the amoralists of our democracy. Their positions on contraception and sex, their “jokes” about aspirin between the knees, and now this utterly depraved Virginia ultrasound legislation that is apparently about to become law—we have now moved well beyond the realm of politics and into the dark and unchecked id of the contemporary right. (emphasis mine)
This apology reminds me of the “Dear Woman” duo who apologized for all of the past wrongs suffered by women at the hands of men. Even as someone who “chooses liberty”, I don’t understand why liberals don’t understand the premise upon which conservatives are basing their opposition to abortion. Conservatives state it precisely and clearly: they regard the fetus as a life, and to abort a fetus is akin to murder. The life of the unborn fetus trumps the privacy rights of the pregnant woman. Some conservatives believe that, and their proscriptions follow from this premise. And this premise is a legitimate one, isn’t it? The fetus is something, and it is a life. It is human. Ergo, it is a human life to which laws protecting humanity are applicable. It seems stupid to even have to rehash these principles, but I don’t understand why pro-abortion advocates read nefariousness into the beliefs of conservative people.
I’m only one person who has become increasingly less liberal on the issue solely because I don’t have a good argument to escape the fact that a woman doing something with her body necessarily requires her to inflict pain and death on something that is a life.