Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kevin Williamson of the National Review...

...takes his anti-abortion stance to its logical conclusion: women who get abortions are guilty of murder and should be executed.

On Sunday Williamson tweeted: “Yes, I believe that the law should treat abortion like any other homicide.”

His Twitter conversationalist, Charles Johnson, clarified: "Following this 'thought' to its logical conclusion, you'd also charge doctors with murder? And nurses? Hospital staff?"

The National Review, remember, isn't some lunatic-fringe pamphlet; it's a mainstream conservative magazine. 

From an opinion piece in USA Today: "Kudos to Kevin Williamson for telling the truth..."

And from another opinion piece, in the LA Times: "But I think it's important to know that people like [Williamson] are out there."

Finally, from Salon: "If you believe that abortion is murder, then that means that you should also (a) think that women who have abortions should be subjected to some sort of murder, conspiracy to murder, or accessory to murder charges and (b) believe that abortion should be illegal in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger."

Full disclosure: I used to think this way too. But I don't anymore. As I got older I began to see reality less in terms of black and white and more and more in shades of gray.

Here's a post I wrote on my evolution on the subject that the Oak Leaves wouldn't publish.

1 comment:

Ed Crotty said...

Well said. When people put themselves in other folk's shoes, they become a lot more flexible and a lot less dogmatic. ( yes it is redundant). And restrictions on abortion only affect poor women. The rich can get whatever they want. Always could.