Ms. (Joan) Krohn seems willingly to have misread the critique of her “trust women” theme and, in the process, to have made some amazing leaps of logic.
In questioning the wisdom of blindly trusting any and all women to make life and death decisions for the babies they carry, those of us who are anti-abortion are pointing out that women are not magically blessed with good judgment.
(Miley Cyrus, for example, apparently doesn’t have the wisdom to choose her own clothing.) When dealing with life and death issues, our society historically has second-guessed decisions made by its citizens. Remember the Trayvon Martin case? George Zimmerman may have believed sincerely that his life was in jeopardy, justifying his use of lethal force in self-defense, but society exercised its right to second-guess that decision by bringing him to trial on criminal charges. Should we instead have said he, or any citizen in the midst of a crisis, has the right to decide for himself whether he is justified in the use of lethal force?
Note also that Ms. Krohn skates right past the Dr. Gosnell atrocities. The “good doctor” was convicted of murdering the babies he had been hired to abort. What kind of wisdom was exercised by the women who patronized his operation? Ms. Krohn asks how we can trust a woman with a baby if we can’t trust her with a choice. The women who were Dr. Gosnell’s customers could not have done worse to the babies they carried if they had chosen to carry those babies to term. Certain death vs. a chance at life?
Ms. Krohn asks how we can continue to focus on “reproductive freedom” when so many children are in need. One thing you can say in support of the anti-abortion folks is that we don’t seek to address the problems of hungry children by killing those children before they need to be fed or housed or clothed.
Only in Ms. Krohn’s imagination is the entire anti-abortion focus on “crisis pregnancies. Millions of the abortions that have occurred in this country since 1973 were for convenience, not as last-ditch efforts to address a crisis. I read quite recently that doctors in the U.K. are now advocating approval of abortions performed as a means of selecting the gender of one’s children. Some crisis.
I wonder sometimes how many of us would be here today if, for our mothers, abortion had been seen as a benign procedure, readily available on demand. My guess is that huge numbers of us, particularly us old folks, are the products of what were troublesome, inconvenient, unaffordable, scary, crisis pregnancies. And yet, here we are.