You have to ask yourself, “What is it that I want?”

Extreme Pro-Lifers are funny. We evolved to do a lot of lying, about everything, and mostly to ourselves. That’s what it means to be a social ape with an, for all we know, accidental capacity for abstraction.

Pro-Lifers are ostensibly waging legal war over abortion rights and the reason they give for it is a belief in the sanctity of human life, and the perceived right of a fetus to be considered a “person”, with the legal ramifications of that designation.

That sounds convincing, doesn’t it? But in fact, it’s a lie. Political fights (and fights in general) are often not about what they are about. What do I mean?

The empirical, objective evidence is overwhelming, and it is available. There is no embargo. If a person wanted to know how to reduce abortion rates, they would look to the available data. The available data say, overwhelmingly, that the countries with the most liberal abortion laws also have the lowest abortion rates. It’s right there for anyone who cares to see it. Conversely, the highest abortion rates are in countries with oppressive, conservative anti-abortion laws.

So, you have to stop and ask yourself, if you are Pro-Life AND have a brain AND are honest: What is it that you actually want?

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