The Case Against Roe

Have you been looking for someone to cogently, logically make the case against the supposed “right” to abortion on demand? Well, look no further; the Wall Street Journal makes the heck out of it right here:

Last year the Journal of Medical Ethics published a paper by two academics who argued that “what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is [allowed], including cases where the newborn is not disabled.” 

There is a brutal logic to that position. As an abstract matter, birth is as arbitrary a point as any to draw the line between abortion and homicide. If a woman has a “right to choose” to hire a doctor to kill her baby in utero or partway down the birth canal, why should she lose that right simply because he’s slow in getting the job done? Or, to put the shoe on the other foot, if infanticide is murder, how can an abortion of a child at the same stage of development be acceptable?

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