Wednesday, June 03, 2009

If You Wouldn't Condone Personally Storming Auschwitz, You Must Not Really Think The Holocaust Is Wrong

Or, perhaps this analogy is more apt: If you wouldn't lynch a plantation owner, you must not really be against slavery.

Some spurious moral reasoning at Slate.

The piece does, however, contain some good writing:

Several years ago, I went to a conference of abortionists. Some of the late-term providers were there. A row of tables displayed forceps for sale. They started small and got bigger and bigger. Walking along the row, you could ask yourself: Would I use these forceps? How about those? Where would I stop?

The people who do late-term abortions are the ones who don't flinch. They're like the veterans you sometimes see in war documentaries, quietly recounting what they faced and did. You think you're pro-choice. You think marching or phone-banking makes you an activist. You know nothing. There's you, and then there are the people who work in the clinics. And then there are the people who use the forceps. And then there are the people who use the forceps nobody else will use. At the end of the line, there's George Tiller.

Now he's gone. Who will pick up his forceps?

H/T Brutally Honest.

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