Sunday, June 25, 2006

Blog roundup: "access" et al.

State Bioethics by Jim Fossett: Abortion in the Fifty States harps on "access." Speaking of "access" to abortion implies that something other than demand is effecting supply. It never occurs to abortion proponents that women don't uniformly want abortion. If there are enough abortion-minded women in an area, basic Economics 101 tells us that somebody will set up shop there. In an area where the women don't have the same interest in abortion, there won't be enough business to support a friendly neighborhood abortionist.

I'm beginning to wonder if these people don't want rural women to go out and have abortions just to ensure that every county has an abortionist.


Has anybody read The Politics of Abortion?
How did the culture shift that produced Roe v Wade occur? How did the Democratic Party move from being the party of the New Deal, Medicare, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children to the party of abortion-on-demand? Why are black women targeted as the primary consumers of abortion services? Why does Hollywood celebrate abortion and abortion providers in films and television? Why do pro-choice clergy assure followers that abortion is a "sacred choice"?


Mirror of Justice looks at Abortion and Disability Rights. (Ironic, isn't it, that the Democrats, who tout their compassion for the disabled, are so keen on search-and-destroy missions to weed them out in the womb, and on starving them to death should their disabilities arise post-natally?)
Scholars and activists who are generally pro-choice but criticize the current prenatal-testing and abortion practices assert that "[p]re-natal testing, and the more recent and less common embryo screening and selection, are justified by mistaken assumptions about the quality of life of people with disabilities, and are demeaning to existing people with disabilities"; parents who "select against a fetus because of predicted disability" far too often erroneously conclude that this child could not be one "'who will enrich us, gladden others, contribute to the world, and make us proud.'"

Yup -- push for the Americans With Disabilities Act, then work to kill the disabled so it won't actually do anything. Makes sense to me! Not.

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