Dec 07 2012
As it turns out, I re-read Tasha’s piece and while it remains simply splendid, I will comment on one thing I believe she got wrong:
It is wrong for anti-abortionists to seek to outlaw the practice entirely, when that would mean the denial of a woman’s right to bodily integrity, a return to back-alley abortions, or situations such as the recent case in Ireland where doctors refused to perform an abortion that would have saved the mother’s life.
As I’ve said many times before, abortion does not save women’s lives. Canada’s maternal mortality was sharply declining long before abortion became legal. I mentioned that in this piece, and I think it’s important to emphasize here.
To be perfectly clear, no one, not even the Catholic Church (gasp) has a problem when, in attempting medical care of a woman, the baby dies as a consequence of attempting to provide care. But this is not the same as deliberately targetting the baby for death.
I’ll happily hear from Catholics if I’m wrong on this one. I hope I’ve represented the Catholic view correctly.
Even if I’m wrong on that, then the Andrea Mrozek (TM) opinion still stands, which is that deliberate killing does not save lives. But sadly, sometimes, babies will die as doctors attempt to care for the mother (and baby).