Pro-choice is to be pro-abortion, Mr. Morrison

It’s hard to know where to begin with Danny Morrison’s recent column “You can be pro-life and pro-choice at the same time,” (Feb. 21) a piece whose all-over-the-map conclusions may cover his hinder with the pro-choice crowd, but can only be arrived at by denying the humanity of the unborn.

Sorry, Mr. Morrison, you can’t have it both ways.

In his column supporting abortion and choice, Mr. Morrison ironically notes that men don’t have the right to chime in on the subject of abortion and choice. He says his support of a woman’s right to abort doesn’t mean he supports her decision to abort.

He decries the high abortion rates among blacks as a “shameful situation,” yet chooses to stand silent in tacit approval as future generations of black men and women are decimated. He lays credit for the lowest abortion rates since Roe v. Wade at the feet of the most pro-abortion president in the history of our nation without citing a single source supporting his assumption that Obamacare is the determining factor.

Most ludicrous of all, he characterizes himself as “a personally pro-life person” who “will choose life every single time,” while supporting a practice that destroys life. Every single time. There are a number of meandering trails to follow here, but I’ll limit myself to a couple of the most obvious questions.

Why don’t you “personally” like abortion, Mr. Morrison? What is it about the practice you find so “shameful?” Is it because the unborn are human beings, which means every successful abortion kills a full-fledged member of the human family?

Your stance — being personally against abortion while supporting another’s right to do it — is not only self-contradictory, it’s morally baffling.

Further, your insistence that men have no right to speak on abortion would likely come as a shock to the nine old guys in black robes who 43 years ago heard and decided Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.

It’s a shallow argument that suggests men can’t be harmed by abortion. It’s one I’ll remember the next time a distraught young man or his family calls our office asking if he has any recourse because his girlfriend is going to abort their baby, a child he wants, but she doesn’t. Tough luck, dude, you don’t. Get over it.

Mr. Morrison suggested he found the pro-life arguments recently presented to him by a friend to be hypocritical, backward and calloused. While it sounds as if those arguments were perhaps thoughtlessly presented, to dismiss them out of hand is to deny the reality that countless women, men and families have been hurt by abortion. I’ll think about that, too, the next time a woman shares with me, her eyes welling with tears, that she’s still haunted by the abortion she had 20, 30 or 40 years ago and how she wishes in the midst of that life-altering period of panic and doubt that someone had spoken truth to her.

Don’t kid yourself, Mr. Morrison. To be pro-choice is to be pro-abortion. Why not be honest and own it? The idea that one can be personally opposed to abortion while believing others should be free to choose it may feel like some sort of courageous compromise, but it’s merely a comforting illusion since both groups vote the same and both oppose legal protection for the innocent unborn.

As for the baby who dies, which side of that particular fence you’re on makes no difference at all.

Marylee Shrider is executive director of Right to Life of Kern County.

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