“The ultimate motherly act.”

Wow, this is just surreal. Here’s what TimesOnline columnist Caitlin Moran has to say about abortion:

“Ultimately, I don’t understand antiabortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species, we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. I don’t understand why pregnant women — women trying to make rational decisions about their futures — should be subject to more pressure about preserving life than, say, Vladimir Putin.

However, what I do believe to be sacred — and, indeed, more useful to the earth as a whole — is trying to ensure that there are as few unbalanced, destructive people as possible. By whatever rationale you use, ending a pregnancy 12 weeks into gestation is incalculably more moral than bringing an unwanted child into this world. Or a child that, through no fault of its own, would be the destructor of a marriage, a family, a parent. It’s fairly inarguable to say that unhappy children, who then grew into very angry adults, have caused the great majority of mankind’s miseries. If psychoanalysis has, somewhat brutally, laid the responsibility for mental disorders at parents’ doors, the least we can do is to tip our hats to women aware enough not to create those troubled people in the first place.

In short, while I am now packing something just short of the contraceptive equivalent of Trident, if I ever did have to have an abortion again, I would like to think that it would be something unlikely to provoke a moral dilemma in anyone, least of all me. I would like to see a time when abortion is considered an intelligent, logical, humble, compassionate thing to do. I would like abortion to be considered as, perversely, one of the ultimate acts of good mothering.”

To sum up, she is arguing that abortion is a motherly act because it tries to “ensure there are as few unbalanced, destructive people as possible”. There’s some logic you can run with.

12 thoughts on ““The ultimate motherly act.”

  1. Steve, I once talked to [or perhaps “heard” is a better word, they had more to say than I did] two pro-lifers talking about that very question. Essentially, their argument was this: whether it is worth it to even talk to pro-choicers. The one who said it was argued that it was necesary to at least try to convince as many people as possible, whereas the one who said it wasn’t worth it basically said that to argue with them is to risk accepting their logic, at which point you’ve lost.

    I wasn’t sure who I agreed with in the argument, but it was certainly a new perspective.


  2. I was listening to an NPR program today about the shootings – and one of the on air commentators said something along the lines of “Why is there no respect for life?” – and I immediately thought of the missing members of the last two generations…..


  3. ensure there are as few unbalanced, destructive people as possible

    Of course, Ms. Moran believes that it other people who are the “unbalanced, destructive” ones.

    I am reminded of what the Ghost of Christmas Present said to Ebeneezer:

    `Man,’ said the Ghost, `if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die. It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child.

    God have mercy.


  4. Um, I don’t even know what to say. “I’m horrified” doesn’t even begin to cover it. You can justify anything, if you really wanted to. CS Lewis is doing somersaults in his grave.


  5. Hi, just found you through Rach…

    What’s scary to me is people’s inability to accept responsibility for their actions. There is so much more that I want to say, but like Steve said, “How can you argue with a crazy person?” !!


  6. I found you through Rach too. Thanks for sharing this. I have it on my site too. I’m sickened by the whole thing and how someone, a woman for that matter, could think like this. I hope she does not have children!


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