Monday, July 20, 2015

Why I Didn't Post Anything about Planned Parenthood Last Week

At around the time that this video came out, I posted on Facebook what were basically a couple of shoulder shrugs about Stone Mountain and medical child abuse panic. I did not post about Planned Parenthood, despite, and maybe partly because of, the fact that it was everywhere. Abortion is a scourge of our society, of a magnitude far greater than those other things I posted about. So I started wondering to myself: why didn't I raise my voice, when likely I should have, and should continue tirelessly to do so? I came up with three reasons.

1) Ever since the great online debate about the morality of lying for a greater good, I have been deeply ambivalent about the tactics of such exposés as this one. What's done is done, and you can judge for yourself what has been done, and continues to be done.

2) I don't have the stomach for it. Part of my writing process is agonizing for days over just a semi-serious post. I have read enough about it today; I am shaking slightly in my seat as I write this. Others are doing a much better job than I would. I'll just link to a few, who in turn have a few links to share. There's a plethora of links, because even though it's not really news, this is really huge. Simcha Fisher at the National Catholic Register gives just the facts. Fr. Dwight Longenecker at Standing On My Head lays it out plainly. Rebecca Hamilton at Public Catholic explains what happens now. And Elizabeth Scalia at The Anchoress illustrates how it's all cosmically connected.

3) Ultimately, I guess I didn't post anything because of this. If you, for the sake of medical progress, or women's health, or personal autonomy, or libertarianism, or anything else, think that any part—any part—of this is okay, are you going to be convinced otherwise by anything I say?

Are you?

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