Monday, April 18, 2005

Morality and choice

The American Prospect online has a very long, very detailed article, about the history of the abortion debate in this country. I highly recommend reading it. The author basically suggests that the debate needs to be re-framed by pro-choice advocates in a way that acknowledges the moral complexity of abortion and the choices women make in having one. I don't know whether that will ultimately be a successful strategy, but I don't think it can hurt. Suggesting that abortion should be legal solely as a matter of female autonomy (which I believe is sufficient justification, by the way) clearly is not compelling for many Americans. Perhaps talking less about the act and more about the painful moral and personal considerations that underly the decision to get an abortion will show anti-choicers that access to abortions is not about libertinism, but about preserving and promoting life in all its aspects.