Sunday, May 29, 2005

KEVIN DRUM recently wrote a post about abortion, and so far it has generated over 700 comments. Here is one of them. The writer gets to the core of what the decision to have an abortion means in moral terms with an insight I've never seen before:

Abortion is a specific act, with specific moral decisions, specific moral consequences and specific circumstances for the individuals involved. There is no moral "bright line" dividing moral killing from immoral killing. And there is no regular moral basis on which legislation can determine when it is and is not okay to have an abortion. The only bright line is one that clearly protects individual rights from an oppressive state or group. It's the right to be considered as an individual, not part of some cosmic moral exercise in right and wrong.

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