Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Safe, legal and rare" is out and the abortion absolutists are in

At the Gospel Coalition, Trevin Wax discusses the "New Abortion Absolutists" and how certain abortion advocates have moved away from the "safe, legal and rare" mantra and are now embracing arguments attempting to eliminate the social stigma attached to abortion. 

Why leave behind words like “rare” and “tragic?” Because speaking of abortion this way lends credence to the pro-life position that there is something wrong with ”terminating a pregnancy.” If the abortion-rights agenda is to succeed, then, abortion must be de-stigmatized. And nothing will remove the stigma from abortion faster than making it common and celebrated......

The agenda for abortion absolutists is clear. We must dispense with the mystery and gravitas surrounding a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy. It is time to talk frankly about the abortion procedure as if it were just a normal part of a woman’s range of reproductive health choices.