Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A very interesting video

This is one of the more interesting video's I've ever seen and it certainly highlights part of the abortion debate that doesn't get a lot of talk time- a reporter asks a group of anti-abortion protesters a fairly simple question, 'If abortion is made illegal, what should the penalty be for a woman who has an illegal abortion?'

There's a couple of interesting things that go on. First (and keeping in mind that we don't know to what extent the video has been edited) no one seems to have an answer in mind. Almost all of them qualify their remarks by saying something along the lines of, 'I've never really thought about that before,' and, with one exception, none of them are willing to commit to a strong legal penalty. The only one who did would not firmly commit and kept adding qualifiers to her position. The second thing that struck me was how this particular group of protestors seemed mostly open to reasonable discourse with the journalist.

In my mind this suggests that while the protesters find abortion offensive and want to reduce the number of abortions to zero- somewhere they recognize, or have an inkling, that it isn't the same as murder or 'infanticide.'

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