Abortion: Round 2
To the Editor:
As a long-time friend and admiring reader of COMMENTARY, I have been distressed by a tendency I have sensed in recent articles to adopt a position similar to those who oppose abortion for (almost) any reason, a tendency confirmed in the long and tendentious article, “On Abortion,” by James Q. Wilson [January].
Although Mr. Wilson has argued eloquently in your pages that most people know what is “moral” even though they may have a hard time defining it, he seems to have great difficulty recognizing that most women know what is meant by the value and significance or quality of life when contemplating the fate of a child who is brought into the world unwanted and unloved. For that is at the heart of the matter, and no amount of church history, philosophy, or legal tautology concerning constitutional rights of either fetus or society should divert us from it.
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