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April 29, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

ABORTION AND TERRORISM....A few days ago Karen Hughes made this remark about abortion:

I think after September 11th the American people are valuing life more and realizing that we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life....The fundamental difference between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life.

So supporters of abortion are like terrorists? Not quite, says Ramesh Ponnuru in NRO today:

The most that can fairly be said is that by implication she was likening abortionists to terrorists, and supporters of abortion to supporters of terrorism....In no way is she saying that abortion is just like terrorism, or that abortionists are as evil as terrorists, or that support for abortion is as inexcusable as support for terrorism.

Let me get this straight: Hughes wasn't comparing abortion supporters to terrorists, she was just comparing abortion supporters to supporters of terrorism. So that's OK!

I wonder if it ever occurs to these guys that it's possible to make your arguments a little too clever? Especially when he goes on to say this:

Hughes and Bush should probably not have said what they said, because such comments could undermine both the campaign against abortion and the war on terrorism. But what they said was true, and I hope they stand up to the pressure.

This is typical of the pro-life crowd: most of them are plainly unwilling to face up to the logical consequences of their beliefs and too cowardly to make their real case to the American public.

Ponnuru is right: if abortion is murder, then anyone who gets an abortion should be jailed. Anybody who performs an abortion should be put on death row. Anybody who supports abortion rights is little better than a mobster or a terrorist.

But if that's what they believe and they do why does he think it's unwise to admit it in public? The question answers itself, doesn't it?

Kevin Drum 3:39 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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