Abortion Q & A

Using a Q&A format, this page summarizes my writings on abortion in the 14 years, since I first voiced my opposition to it. WHY OPPOSE ABORTION? My objections to abortion are moral and prudential. I cannot condone a brutal, life-taking practice for which the main justification is convenience. (See, for example, tables 2 through 5 […]

Abortion, the “Me” Generation, and the Left

The self-centered depravity that is all too common among the members of the “Me” generation (a.k.a. Baby Boomers) — and among leftists — is perhaps most clearly seen through the lens of abortion. I’ll begin by dispensing with slogans: Pro-life means anti-abortion; pro-choice means pro-abortion. Person who claim to be pro-choice will dispute my assertion […]

The Invalid “Viability” Argument for Abortion

Bill Vallicella (Maverick Philosopher) summarizes Elizabeth Harman’s argument for abortion: 1) “Among early fetuses there are two very different kinds of beings . . . .” 2) One kind of early fetus has “moral status.” 3) The other kind of early fetus does not have “moral status.” 4) The fetuses possessing moral status have it […]

Abortion Rights and Gun Rights

Eugene Volokh quotes from yesterday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson in Planned Parenthood Southeast Inc. v. Strange (M.D. Ala. Aug. 4, 2014). Here’s part of the decision, with some obvious editing by me: In order to give “real substance to the woman’s liberty ability to commit murder,” while at the same time […]

Abortion, “Gay Rights,” and Liberty

Among the items that drew my attention today is “A Prime Instance of Political Correctness: The Blackballing of Nat Hentoff,” by Maverick Philosopher. My opposition to abortion on libertarian grounds is of long standing, with this being the most recent of many posts on the subject. As it turns out, Nat Hentoff, who on many […]

Abortion, Doublethink, and Left-Wing Blather

I recently had the frustrating experience of reading and responding to the blatherings of a young woman who attends what used to be called a liberal-arts college, but should now be called a left-wing indoctrination and reinforcement center. I can only liken the experience to that of attempting conversation with a parrot. The nexus of […]

Prohibition, Abortion, and “Progressivism”

I am belatedly watching Prohibition, a production of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, which first aired on PBS in October. The program, in typical Burns style, delivers history in easy-to-swallow doses. I have seen only one of the three episodes, but that episode whets my appetite for the others because it added much to my […]

Abortion and the Fourteenth Amendment

“Assessing the Presidential Candidates on Abortion, Supreme Court,” by Robert George, includes this intriguing passage: Many believe that we need a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade. However, Section Five of the Fourteenth Amendment expressly empowers the Congress, by appropriate legislation, to enforce the guarantees of due process and equal protection contained in the […]

Abortion and Logic

Peter Smith, a British philosopher and proprietor of Logic Matters, offers some thoughts about abortion. Passages from Smith’s post (in italics) are followed by my comments (in bold). As the human zygote/embryo/foetus slowly develops, its death slowly becomes a more serious matter. At the very beginning, its death is of little consequence; as time goes […]

A Wrong-Headed Take on Abortion

Sigrid Fry-Revere opines: I take issue with Radley Balko’s characterization of the abortion debate in “Getting Beyond Roe”…as being about “setting community standards” and that issues such as abortion “are best dealt with in those diverse laboratories of democracy, the states.” Abortion should no more be a question for local politics than slavery. Does she […]

More on Abortion and Crime

In Freakonomics economist Steven Levitt, drawing on a 2001 paper co-authored with John Donohue, argued that access to abortion (through legalization) is the main cause of the decline in the rate of violent crime. Here’s how The Washington Post reported it: Freakonomics is packed with fascinating ideas. Consider Levitt’s notion of a relationship between abortion […]

Law, Liberty, and Abortion

This an abridgement of a post at Liberty Corner II. It is complete but for long quotations from Supreme Court opinions. There are compelling legal and libertarian arguments against abortion. The essence of the legal argument is this: Roe v. Wade was decided wrongly. But that argument will not convince reflexive libertarian defenders of abortion. […]

Law, Liberty, and Abortion

There are compelling legal and libertarian arguments against abortion. The essence of the legal argument is this: Roe v. Wade was decided wrongly. But that argument will not convince reflexive libertarian defenders of abortion. For them, I have a separate, four-fold argument against abortion: Life cannot be treated as property; the appeal to “viability” is […]

Abortion and Crime

REVISED 05/15/05 (9:11 PM) Several months ago, in “How to Fight Crime,” I said: According to an article in today’s NYTimes.com, “Most Crimes of Violence and Property Hover at 30-Year Lows.” Three important things happened after 1995 — the year in which the rate of violent crime began to drop markedly. First, the incarceration rate […]

It Can Happen Here: Eugenics, Abortion, Euthanasia, and Mental Screening

Sherwin B. Nuland, writing at The New Republic Online in “When Medicine Turns Evil: The Death of Hippocrates,” says: The exhibition [on eugenics at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington] details the influence of eugenics on determining Nazi policy from the time of the party’s assumption of power in 1933 until the end […]

Not-So-Random Thoughts (XXIII)

CONTENTS Government and Economic Growth Reflections on Defense Economics Abortion: How Much Jail Time? Illegal Immigration and the Welfare State Prosperity Isn’t Everything Google et al. As State Actors The Transgender Trap GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH Guy Sorman reviews Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge’s Capitalism in America: A History. Sorman notes that the golden days […]