Abortion and slavery
I’m not sure why Andrew thinks likening abortion to slavery qualifies as a Malkin award nominee. I certainly understand that it’s likely to bog down an already heavily loaded subject – but is it really so far off base on the merits?
If you believe in your heart of hearts that an unborn child is nevertheless a child – a living, growing, human being – and yet the law of the land dictates that said living, growing human being is not in possession of even the most basic right – the right to life – then how different is this from slavery?
Indeed, an unborn child is even more helpless than a slave. They have no chance to escape should their mother decide to have an abortion. They have no faculty, no choice in the matter. Is it such a stretch to liken the plight of millions of the yet-to-be-born to the past plight of slaves?
Certainly if one didn’t actually believe that abortion was wrong or that a fetus was actually a baby, this would be an awfully cynical thing to say. But what about people whose faith and beliefs teach them that the unborn are people just like you and me?
What about Andrew Sullivan whose Catholic faith teaches him that abortion is murder and that the unborn are fully human, fully alive and deserving of their right to life?
Recall, the ranks of abolitionists were filled with the religious – sometimes the fanatically religious. On religious and particularly on Christian grounds they opposed the institution of slavery. Now on those same grounds they oppose abortion. The arguments are the same. Why is this such a troubling comparison? Even if you are a supporter of abortion, why is this such a troubling comparison?