Liberal website Mic.com has a video up called “If Abortion is Murder, Does that Make the Women who have them Murderers?”
The point of the video – which features a woman named Elizabeth Plank interviewing pro-lifers at a conference – is to demonstrate that even though many Americans readily call abortion murder, they do not, when pressed, want to treat women who have them with the same consequences as actual murderers.
In the process of making her case, Plank interviewed Former Texas state senator Wendy Davis, best known for her 2013 filibuster that blocked a Republican bill banning late-term abortions. Davis explained why she considered abortion a “personal” choice and not a moral one.
“I discovered that my daughter was suffering from an irreparable and non-life sustaining brain deformation or malformation,” Davis said, justifying her own decision to have a late-term abortion. “It was one of the most heart-wrenching decisions I’ve ever had to make, and I made my decision out of love.”
Plank, back at the conference, informs us that “the way [pro-lifers] view a woman who has had an abortion is very different than how they would view a woman who hires a hit on her own child.”
Using this as her basis, Plank concludes: “Abortion isn’t murder. They’re two different things.”
No doubt, she uploaded the final presentation with a proud smirk on her face, certain that she had proved her hypothesis. But while she didn’t come within a country mile of that imagined goal, she did manage to highlight a troubling sentiment among pro-lifers.
See, the story Plank believes is that these pro-lifers don’t really think about things the way they talk about things. And there is some truth to that, but just because she was able to poke a logical hole in their rhetoric doesn’t mean she proved that “abortion isn’t murder.” Rather, she proved that even among Christian conservatives, this sick culture has a weakening effect.
Either abortion is murder or it isn’t.
If you do not believe abortion is murder, there is no reason to oppose it.
If you “don’t know” if abortion is murder, you may wish not to have one yourself, but there is no reason for you to oppose it for others.
If you do believe that abortion is murder, then there can be no exceptions, save one. If the baby would endanger the mother’s life, the case can be made that abortion is a form of self-defense, and thus would not qualify as murder.
This is too important an issue for you to allow yourself the easy middle ground, and that seems to be what the vast majority of pro-lifers are doing. They have been listening to the pro-choice arguments for so long that they have allowed their convictions to crumble.
This is not a women’s health issue. This is not an equality issue. This is about what we value more: a woman’s convenience or a baby’s right to live. And it’s terrifying how many people choose the former.