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Republicans on Abortion: Changing the Question

Did he really say that? Or is that just what you are supposed to believe? Read more to find out.

Despite the headline, this is not about abortion rights.

I promise.

First check out this link, headlined “Republican Hopeful Says Abortion Is ‘More Violent’ Than That ‘Rape Thing’

Speaking to a fundraising group this past weekend, Koster said that he strongly opposed abortion in all cases, including rape. He went on to explain that abortion was actually worse than rape, an analogy he no doubt came to because both things occur to the murky ladyparts area on a woman’s body.

Wow. Is anybody really dumb enough to say something so offensive this close to the election?

Well, no.

This link places the actual quote into context.

He continued by asking a rhetorical question: “But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?”

Oh…well that makes a little bit more sense. You might still disagree with him, but the question he raises is valid.

And there are valid answers. When you go to the emergency room for stitches, sometimes they have to cut tissue away in order to promote healing. Normally, cutting off tissue is a bad idea, but in this case, it makes sense. If you view a fetus as nothing more than a lump of tissue, then this argument is convincing.

But if you believe, as I do, that the fetus is a separate life, a belief based on science and not faith, then that argument loses some credibility. So the point made by Koster is a valid one, and as it cuts to the heart of the abortion debate, it’s a difficult one to resolve.

So what do you do when faced with a tough question?

In this case, Julie Gerstein, the author of the first article linked, distorts the quote to turn a rhetorical question into a statement that is easy to ridicule, avoiding the hard work of reconciling two very different, yet equally valid, positions.

At best, it’s intellectual laziness; at worst,  it’s dishonest.

I understand that there are two sides to the abortion question, and that both sides have very valid concerns. As a libertarian, I do not want the state to be able to tell a woman that she must carry a baby to term if/when she gets pregnant. At the same time, since I consider the fetus to be a baby, I also see a strong need to defend the rights of that tiny human being. What I cannot stomach, and will not stand by and let pass unchallenged, is either side trying to ridicule the other through the deliberate or inadvertent distortion of what they say.

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