We may be seeing the house of cards starting to fall. Recent polls indicating a growing nationwide affinity to the pro-life position prompted self-described “atheist and a secular kinda guy” Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi to announce in a column yesterday he’s lining up with the new majority:

After a life of being pro-choice, I began to seriously ponder the question. I oppose the death penalty because there is a slim chance that an innocent person might be executed and I don’t believe the state should have the authority to take a citizen’s life.?

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So don’t I owe an nascent human life at least the same deference? Just in case?
You may not consider a fetus a “human life” in early pregnancy, though it has its own DNA and medical science continues to find ways to keep the fetus viable outside the womb earlier and earlier.
But it’s difficult to understand how those who harp about the importance of “science” in public policy can draw an arbitrary timeline in the pregnancy, defining when human life is worth saving and when it can be terminated.
The more I thought about it, the creepier the issue got….


I’m sure it was difficult for Harsanyi to write that column, beginning to distance himself from his culture on its cornerstone point. Then again, gaining a sense that one’s belief is not only noble but popular may embolden more, hence my thought we may be seeing the house of cards start to fall. Harsanyi is not quite there, but he’s on his way:

Now, I happen to believe… that the right to life and liberty is the foundation of a moral society. Then again, I also believe a government ban on abortion would only criminalize the procedure and do little to mitigate the amount of abortions.

I wrote this as a comment response to Harsanyi:

There is no law that has not been broken. But we do not stop making them. It would appear that laws against child porn have done little to mitigate child porn, but we do not abandon the law and forsake the children.
At any rate, I think your premise is faulty. Laws restricting abortion have indeed mitigated it – from parental notice before a minor aborts to 24-hour waiting periods before abortions. It stands to reason that making abortion illegal will lower the number of abortions.

[HT: Dougy, moderator Chris]

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