It always amazes me how some pro-choicers can write a long question-begging essay like this and never once address what the unborn are or even try to make an argument that killing them is morally justified. It's like it's much easier for them to simply ignore the question/debate and just assume there is nothing wrong with killing a human fetus. I wonder if you work in an abortion clinic if there's another view to take. It seems like it would be impossible to consider the work you take part in on a daily basis is morally wrong.
Below is Karen's editorial but instead of abortion, let's imagine she's trying to defend infanticide instead. One of the commenters did a similar revision but with killing Down Syndrome children.
I am pro-life. I believe strongly in the value of living beings on this planet. I celebrate life in a variety of ways through my daily activities and spiritual life. I recognize the lives gained through infanticide. I see the lives of women and their children who are stronger and more stable because of a decision toward infanticide.HT: Prolife Blogs
Women in particular have an amazing set of rights and responsibilities for life. It is the most powerful thing on this earth. Every day women are living out these rights and responsibilities.
Every decision we make results in some form of equilibrium. As we close one door, one or many others open. When women make decisions about a killing a newborn, they are thinking deeply about their equilibrium. If a decision is made to choose infanticide, it is because what is lost to that woman and her family is balanced against what is gained for that woman and her family. A decision about infanticide is decidedly pro-life. It is a respectful and moral option. Luckily, if you do not share this place on the spectrum in the discussion, our legal system also protects women from forced infanticide. Therefore, you have the power to decide that infanticide would not be a good decision for you and focus on the two other options -- parenting or adoption.
Sometimes the decision toward infanticide happens because of the concern for the lives of the other children and other members of the family. Sometimes it is based on the health status of the newborn or the mother. Frequently it is based on economic survival.
Because economic factors play such a large and frequent role in the decision making process around a killing a newborn, we cannot have a discussion about whether to kill a newborn or not without having a discussion about economic development, wages and affordable housing. Economic self-sufficiency and community safety nets are intrinsically linked to decisions about whether or not to kill an infant. All of these issues tie together to create healthy families and healthy communities.
These economic issues may be a place on the spectrum where we can gather together as a community to make improvements, no matter how we may feel about infanticide's re-legalization: ensuring that public assistance goes to businesses that provide living wages, health insurance and that comply with family medical leave act requirements; moving our community's imminent discussion on affordable housing forward (before low-income housing is torn down for fast food restaurants); and seeing how our individual attitudes affect how we approach a rezoning request in our neighborhood.
Our Constitution is rooted in the belief that personal decisions should remain personal. We are fortunate in this country that the government doesn't place us on the spectrum in this discussion, but allows us to choose where we place ourselves.