This synopsis of comments about Sarah Palin saying she briefly considered abortion is interesting. Note the last one which mentions Canada:
WillSeattle wrote, “…I wish we’d just move on, like they did in Canada, where it’s nobody’s business what the woman and her doctor decide.”
I think the point of Palin admitting she considered abortion shows nothing other than the pull of a bad option that appears to “resolve things” so quickly. The point should not be that Palin is a hypocrit, or that she’s denying the choice to others that she would not herself take–the point is that abortion is a magnetic, whispered seduction–“we can make this go away”–at low cost, at low risk, and you’ll never have to think about your mistake again. Abortion providers are the wicked witch in a fairy tale, holding a bright, shiny apple…
In short, it’s a malicious lie, pushed at the cost of babies’ lives and women’s health–but it’s attractive nonetheless, all in an anxious moment.
I’ve met women who were staunch pro-lifers, competent, in good marriages, OK for finances–and they briefly considered this idea that their unwanted pregnancy could just go away. I think it’s a human thing to admit. The main point is we should not be making such a vicious “choice” so easy.
Rebecca adds: The point of free will, and the definition of virtue, means choosing the right course of action when we could choose to do otherwise. I don’t think you’ll find an (honest) person on the planet who has never contemplated something they know is morally wrong: having an affair when they knew their spouse would never find out; walking out on a spouse during times of distress or conflict; stealing something under their noses; driving home when they’ve had too much to drink. We don’t judge people based on whether or not such thoughts cross their minds, we judge them based on how they behave. Someone who chooses not to have an affair when they know they could, to make a marriage work when they could end it, to scrimp and save to afford something, or do without, rather than steal it, to call a cab, or their parents, or a friend, for a lift home when they’ve had too many when they’re pretty sure they would make it safely home undetected – that’s someone being virtuous.by