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The misleading idea of “chipping away” at “abortion rights”

by | Jan 5, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Depending on the venue and their fear factor, pro-abortionists’ use of the metaphor of “chipping away” at “abortion rights” will be supplemented by “under siege.” How could it not be when there have been “hundreds” of restrictions proposed (not passed, by the way) over the past four or five years?

For those who still employ the idea of chipping away, a piece by Lucas Kawa for the Business Insider is fairly typical.

“How the Anti-Abortion Movement Has Slowly Chipped Away At Abortion Rights” starts simplistically and goes downhill from there.

Nothing pro-lifers have ever done to limit the use of your tax dollars to pay for abortion, or to afford women a fighting chance to know something about their unborn child, or prevent dismembering unborn babies capable of experiencing unimaginable pain, finds favor with Mr. Kawa.

Hugely positive legislation, such as the Hyde Amendment, is distorted. Lost altogether is that at least one million Americans are alive who would not be otherwise, were there no Hyde Amendment.

Likewise, according to Kawa, demanding minimal standards from abortion clinics that have grown used to being left unsupervised is “bizarre.” So much for cleaning up hellholes such as abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s “Women’s Medical Society.”

But the “chipping away” metaphor is misleading in two ways. For one, it implies a solid foundation. Roe (and its companion case Doe v. Bolton) always rested on shaky grounds. The Supreme Court made up its abortion jurisprudence largely out of whole cloth. As the primitive technology which rendered the unborn invisible nearly 44 years ago is replaced with full color 4D ultrasound (and even better technology), it grows preposterous to see the unborn as anything other than a younger member of the family.

And for another, there is an unmistakable inference that something worthy is crumbling, one chip at a time. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Roe and Doe were legal, moral, ethical, and philosophical disasters from the beginning. In that light perhaps a better metaphor is that Roe and Doe are like a house of cards about to collapse.

Categories: Abortion