Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wrong answers

Seems the brave new world of on-line media is getting used for ill as well as for good. With the ambush videoing of pro-life people on the sidewalks, they are catching people off-guard with a false dichotomy. Gobsmacked by Logic: Will Pro-lifers Succumb to Silencing Tactics?
Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen hardly contained her enthusiasm over this new strategy in her piece titled "How Much Jail Time for Women Who Have Abortions?" (Newsweek, August 6, 2007). It starts with the description of a YouTube "mini-documentary shot in front of an abortion clinic" in Illinois. "The man behind the camera is asking demonstrators who want abortion criminalized what the penalty should be for a woman who has one nonetheless. You have rarely seen people look more gobsmacked. It's as though the guy has asked them to solve quadratic equations."

Quindlen relishes this story. Especially reporting these responses by pro-lifers: "I've never really thought about it." "I don't have an answer for that." "I don't know." "Just pray for them."
It didn't take me long after reading the question to come up with an answer, but then I wasn't standing there with a camera in my face.

The right answer? None! But the executioner should do plenty of hard time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Crack cocaine is illegal. If I go and buy crack cocaine and I am caught, I am charged with a crime.

If abortion is illegal and I go and get an abortion and I am cuaght, then I should be charged with a crime.