How Many People Really, Truly Believe That Abortion Is Murder?
August 9, 2014 11:36 AM
Kevin Drum has written a brilliant post over at Mother Jones regarding the Elephant in the Abortion room:
DesJarlais is a big antichoice, "pro-family" pol first elected (like so many other mistakes) in 2010. During his 2012 re-election campaign, evidence began leaking out through various outlets that he had a history of alleged spousal abuse, serial adultery, sexual relationships with patients and at least three occasions of encouraging a woman to have an abortion (twice his soon-to-be-former wife, once a patient). Much of these toxic allegations seem to have been confirmed when DesJarlais' divorce papers from his first wife were opened just after his 2012 re-election.
That's Ed Kilgore writing. Kevin Drum answers Ed's astonishment that voters would continue to vote in this scumbag Republican Congressman:
I guess I don't share Kilgore's befuddlement, since I've never really believed that much of anyone really, truly thinks that abortion is murder. If you look at actions, rather than words, it just doesn't add up. Lots of people oppose abortion, but with very few exceptions, they very plainly don't react to it the same way they react to a genuine murder. Their emotional response gives the game away, even if they've convinced themselves otherwise intellectually.
It's clear that Kevin is correct. We have laws against murder in this country. If you honestly believe that abortion is murder, then we should be throwing these "murderers" - ahem, pregnant mothers -- into jail for life after every abortion. Or killing them to fulfill the death penalty. It's just clear logic and justice.
The fact is that the choice to have an abortion is an intensely personal and difficult one meant to be left between the woman, her doctor, and her religious beliefs. But most Americans believe that it stops short of murder.
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