Friday, August 3, 2007

Jail Time?

Watch this if you want some insight into the crux of the anti-abortion question.

Anna Quindlen has a great column in the current Newsweek based on this YouTube clip. She concludes: " ... there are only two logical choices: hold women accountable for a criminal act by sending them to prison, or refuse to criminalize the act in the first place. If you can't countenance the first, you have to accept the second. You can't have it both ways."

Amen, Anna.

Addendum: apparently, the embedding of this video has been disabled. If the link above no longer works, try to cut and paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk6t_tdOkwo or google "Libertyville abortion protest."

3 comments:

Diane said...

I am quite an Anna Quindlen fan

pj said...

Anna Quindlen is wonderful.

As for the video...I feel like I've been looking at those same zealot-faces for 25 years. And it makes a certain amount of sense that they can't answer this simple question. Because they are completely emotional and childish in their own thinking, they think the rest of us must be that way too. I would bet that when they visit their own doctors, all they see is a scarey authority figure who is much, much smarter than they are.

Hence, go after the doctors and not the poor, deluded women.

Sheesh.

mompriest said...

Thank you for pointing me to this article. I remember the pre-Roe days, and friends who had illegal abortions and nearly died. I have long been a proponent of keeping abortion legal and then working to prevent anyone from ever needing one - by teaching men and women, boys and girls about appropriate and healthy protected sexual behavior. Behavior that respects the dignity of all. Personally I think that if men and boys took on an equal share of the responsibility for sex and preventing unwanted pregnancy, much of the issue would be null. And, of course the availability of birth control, 'cuz it's gonna happen...sooner or later.