“Imagine being upset that babies will live.”
So it went this morning as I came across this social media post from someone I’ve known — admittedly not well — for the past quarter century.
He is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. Yes, we know it as Roe v. Wade.
My friend’s social media message, of course, follows the demagogue’s strategy in arguing his point.
To suggest that those of us who are pro-choice on abortion are “upset that babies will live” is a disgraceful attempt at demonization. What upsets me about the SCOTUS ruling has nothing to do with whether “babies will live.” It is that the ruling deprives women of the opportunity to make this most difficult decision on their own.
I maintain the right to be both pro-life and pro-choice. I could never advise a woman to get an abortion; that is not my call. It is hers alone! Nor could I ever endorse a government policy that dictates to a woman how she must handle a decision that is best left to her conscience.
But … all of this is part of today’s toxic climate.