Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Why don't more abortionists get shot?

If a doctor in Kansas were butchering hundreds of old or disabled people, and legal authorities failed to intervene, I doubt most members of the National Right to Life Committee would stand by waiting for "educational and legislative activities" to stop him. Somebody would use force.The reason these pro-life groups have held their fire, both rhetorically and literally, is that they don't really equate fetuses with old or disabled people. Link.

That is a really bad analogy. Here's my version:

If a doctor in Kansas were butchering hundreds of old or disabled people, and the legal authorities failed to intervene... in fact, they actively helped him by providing him with protection of his person and facilities and imprisoned those who tried to stop him... and declared it a "right" for people to bring old people to him... and the media and a large portion of the country praised his work... and there was social pressure if you didn't bring him old people... and every time someone managed to kill a doctor like that it made him into a martyr... I doubt most members of the National Right to Life Committee would stand by waiting for "educational and legislative activities" to stop him. Somebody would use force.The reason these pro-life groups have held their fire, both rhetorically and literally, is that they don't really equate fetuses with old or disabled people.

Actually, I don't doubt that they would wait for "education and legislative activities."

If tomorrow killing abortionists was no longer a crime, and not counter-productive in ending abortion, I doubt an abortionist would be alive by the end of the week.

The problem with this case is that the wrong person did it at the wrong time. The government should have done it, and at the beginning of his career, not after he had honed his technique and garnered a reputation.

2 Comments:

Blogger Bruce Church said...

The Slate person's example is totally flawed. Only half of Americans think that abortion is wrong most of the time, so one cannot act against the evil and conceivably end it by themselves. With the elders hypothetical example though, the vast majority thinks that is wrong, and therefore the government can be made to act, so extra judicial action is not necessary.

Same thing happened with slavery. It took education of the masses about the evils of slavery before it could be abolished by force of arms. Thus, John Brown deed at Harper's Ferry was unwise, but a generation later after much education, slavery was put down by force of govt arms.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

That's a much more interesting analogy than the one they came up with. I wonder if it would really come to that.

5:28 PM  

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