Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Fetal Frontier

The Village Voice posted The Fetal Frontier, summarizing a slugfest between Francis Kissling (ex-nun, ex-Catholic, and pretty much the sole member of "Catholics" For Free Choice) and Ellie Smeal of the Fund for a Feminist Majority.

Kissling thinks that the prochoice movement needs to switch to hand-wringing and agonizing over how sad abortion can be in order to win the PR war. Smeal wants a more rah-rah approach that celebrates abortion.

I think they're both right and both wrong. No matter what they do, they'll look pretty heartless -- either because they admit they're killing babies but want to do it anyway, or because they present themselves as CHEERFULLY killing babies.

Let's face it, folks: unfettered abortion is on its way out. Horray!


jim said...

I'm not so convinced that unfettered abortion is on its way out. The PR war is basically won when you convince people that abortion is about "women's rights" and "choice." People accept this as fact without a second thought, but it does seem like public opinion will be addressing this issue in the near future.

Christina Dunigan said...

But people are starting to see that the "choice" isn't all it's cracked up to be -- that it's an act of despair and desperation that just makes things worse. When that starts sinking in, it's all over but the shouting.

jim said...

I can't say that I know for sure because public opinion is a tough thing to measure, but I think that some people may begin to see the folly in "choice" but I don't think you should underestimate the will power of people who just don't care. Revelations from Dutch hospitals are a bad thing, but they are good for pointing out how disgusting the whole practice is. I think we ought to remain skeptical until the tide has truly turned.

Christina Dunigan said...

Well, as a Christian I can say, "I've read the book and I know how it ends." But that applies to history, not to the corner of it we're occupying at the moment.

But I think that the tide really is turning. The abortion rate and absolute numbers have been going down. People are getting sick of abortion. They've tried it and found it wanting.