I’m in favour of lucid and even-tempered dialogue. Particularly on abortion. When a friend attempted this in his Facebook feed and was met by his own friends with swearing, I realized (once again) how it is the most wounded people who lash out when the topic is raised. And I have a lot of empathy for that.
But too lucid, too even-tempered is a problem. And that’s what you encounter in this piece about those who do abortions in the third trimester for any reason at all.
But “After Tiller” declines to judge, even when it comes to the demonstrators outside the clinics, who clearly have no idea of the compassion, moral inquiry and deep caring that is going on inside the place they’re picketing.
It’s time to do a little judging, when the procedure we’re talking about takes people, babies, and kills them when they are in a stage where they can a) feel pain and b) survive outside the womb. Either because they have disabilities or simply just because, the former being just as bad as the latter, in the big picture of life here on planet earth. (I want no part in the perfecting of the human race whether done by totalitarian governments or by individual women, men and families. I’m talking about the macro level here.)
There is a point at which even-tempered becomes cold and sinister and we see it here, I think.by