It is without a doubt that abortion is one of the most divisive moral issues of our time.
On the one hand we have the pro-life folks.
On the other hand we have the pro-choice folks.
One of the problems, as I see it, is that there really isn’t any discussion happening. The pro-lifers are yelling at the pro-choicers that abortion is murder and ought to be outlawed. The pro-choicers are yelling at the pro-lifers that abortion is a woman’s right’s issue and the state has no business getting involved. But, because everyone is yelling at each other no one is really listening to each other. And, where listening is absent there is no dialogue, there is only yelling, name calling and alienation.
So, it’s refreshing to see people on both sides of this issue coming together to talk.
Two articles appeared in Slate over the last few days.
You may not agree with everything that is said in these articles but, hey, you’d be hard pressed to say that this doesn’t feel like a breath of fresh air in comparison to the usual boring and unproductive banter.
I’d like to see this conversation taking place in Canada. Canada, I’m told, is the only nation in the developed world with zero restrictions on abortion. How that is possible is beyond me. Perhaps it’s time for both sides to concede some ground here so that less women are getting unnecessarily pregnant and so that less babies die as a result.