Rethinking the Pro-Life Goal
In honor of the March for Life in Washington DC yesterday, I posted the following on Twitter:
No matter how you feel about the morality or legality of it, we can all agree: we NEED less abortions in our country.
@Falsum, a Canadian grad student in Scotland, responded:
Glad to have common ground with a pro-lifer. Does this mean you support expanded access to contraception and comprehensive sex ed?
I knew there was no way I could answer his question in 140 characters because it’s so much more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no.” We danced around each other quoting competing scientific studies, but not really getting anywhere – in part, I think because of the limitations of Twitter. My thoughts on his question and this issue are way too complicated for Twitter.
It’s complicated because I think that when it comes to the issues of abortion, contraception, sexual morality, etc most pro-life advocates are missing the boat in a very fundamental way: We’ve got the wrong goal.