Abortion is the debris of the sexual revolution

JP: Good read from Christianity Today

Sex, Lies, and Abortion


The pro-choice slogan offers no explanation, because the legitimacy of “choice” depends on what is being chosen. Abraham Lincoln exposed this argument a century and a half ago. He argued that if Negroes are hogs, then there can be no question that people have the choice to buy and sell them. On the other hand, Lincoln said, if Negroes are human beings, then how can slave owners invoke “choice”—thus denying choice to other humans? In sum, choice cannot be defended without regard to the content of what’s being chosen.

Why then, in the face of its bad arguments, does the pro-choice movement continue to prevail legally and politically?

I think it’s because abortion is the debris of the sexual revolution. We have seen a great shift in the sexual mores of Americans in the past half-century. Today a widespread social understanding persists that if there is going to be sex outside marriage, there will be a considerable number of unwanted pregnancies. Abortion is viewed as a necessary clean-up solution to this social reality.

In order to have a sexual revolution, women must have the same sexual autonomy as men. But the laws of biology contradict this ideology, so feminists who have championed the sexual revolution—Simone de Beauvoir, Gloria Steinem, Shulamith Firestone, among others—have found it necessary to denounce pregnancy as an invasion of the female body. The fetus becomes, in Firestone’s phrase, an “uninvited guest.” As long as the fetus occupies the mother’s womb, these activists argue, the mother should be able to keep it or get rid of it at her discretion.

Updated with a good comment from Jim Korth, a friend of mine who works in the criminal justice system:

Working with offender related issue as I do, I constantly hear complaints that a “disproportionate number of African Americans are incarcerated…” Yet, little is mentioned that the same holds true on abortion. A 2003 article by the National Black catholic Caucus reported: “African Americans represent only 12% of the population of the United States, they account for 35% of the abortions performed in this country…” In fact, abortion is the leading cause of death among African Americans since 1973…

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