The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 October 2004

Without using the word "choice"

Nobody, we are told, actually favors abortion. It's a tragedy, but it must remain an option for those situations where there's no other answer: "safe, legal, and rare," in Bill Clinton's phrase.

Of course, things which are "rare" seldom are commemorated in T-shirts, suggesting that there's a mass market after all. And what is this market buying? Steve H. peeks into the basket:

The single biggest reason people support abortion rights is that they suffer from the delusion that every black woman has eleventy-two children by different fathers, all raised on Aid for Dependent Children, and that in a few years, blacks will outnumber whites. And then of course, they'll move in next door to us and their kids will want to date our daughters.

Can this possibly be true? Quoted in that same piece, this startling statement from

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted?

It's no particular secret though it's not exactly shouted from the housetops either that PP founder Margaret Sanger was a follower of Thomas Robert Malthus, who was arguing a "population time bomb" more than a century before Paul Ehrlich. And the fact that both Malthus' compulsive mathematics and Ehrlich's gloom-and-doom scenarios failed to pan out hasn't had any effect on Sanger's organization: that business about "every child a wanted child" is just sunny enough to obscure the insistence that, well, if you don't want it, it's not really a child at all: it's just a "blob of tissue."

This is not to say that I want the full weight of the Federal government brought to bear against anyone who's ever owned a single RU486 tablet (or the updated RU486DX version, which contains a math co-processor). But I persist in believing that the unpleasant task of correcting one's mistakes is simplified greatly by not making those mistakes in the first place.

(Prompted by a post by Steve Gigl.)

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Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 9:11 AM on 30 October 2004

as always excellent analysis. i do wonder how much of America is missing because of abortion. what issues are simply not issues and what statesmen simply are not. (and i don't think my 486DX with math coprocessor in the basement can help me find answers.)

Posted by: rammer at 8:04 AM on 31 October 2004