The big thing to say now in “moderate” circles is that you’re personally against abortion, but you’re willing to support Democrats (especially The One) who support abortion (or, in the case of The One, refuse to vote for a bill protecting infants who are already born), because they want to “work to reduce the number of abortions.” And we can all agree on that.
Actually, no. Even if we grant that the pro-abortion crowd wants to reduce the number of abortions (which I believe is a lie), this is incorrect. Abortion is not an undesirable necessity that we want to reduce. It is a moral evil, an abomination. It is the taking of innocent life. It makes the claim to want to look out for “the least of these” an absolute sham.
Imagine arguing in the 1860’s that slavery should be legal, but that we should work to “reduce the number of slaveowners”. Imagine arguing in the 1960’s that while lynching should not be outlawed, we could all agree that we want to “reduce the number of lynchings”. There’s a word for this: Appeasement. And it’s not very effective in curbing moral evil.
We don’t want to “reduce the number of abortions” (although, contrary to Democratic talking points, the numbers have fallen steadily during the Bush administration). We want it gone. We want unborn children, created in the image of God, to have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We want this awful stain removed from our country and from the rest of the world. May God grant that we don’t get bored with this pursuit and move on to a more hip cause.