I have a question, and it’s been kicking around in my head for the best part of 10 years now:
Why is it that to be ‘pro-life’ in the abortion debate means you are right-wing?
I don’t know whether you read the story in today’s SMH about the new book Impossible Motherhood and the woman who had 15 terminated pregnancies in 17 years. While still ‘pro-choice,’ the woman speaks of the horrors of her ‘abortion addiction’.
But the line that got to me was a quote from Robin Morgan, who wrote the book’s forward, when defending the book to those in the pro-choice camp:
“There is a perfectly human tendency to say we can’t afford ambiguity, we can’t afford nuance. I am afraid it comes from years of being pummelled by the extreme, anti-choice right.”
Now, granted, I’m not doing much pummelling and so this comment may not be directed toward me, but I’m trying to understand how we came to the point where to be pro-life means you are ideologically conservative. Abortion seems to me to be an issue that transcends our left-right divides. Why can’t I be left-leaning and yet also a defender of the human rights of the unborn?
[I’m inviting rants, I want to get to the bottom of this one!]