Mirror of Justice

A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Roe and "our daughters"

I was struck yesterday, on the 40th memorial of Roe v. Wade, by several statements by those favoring legal abortion who stressed the "need to protect the right to choose for the sake of our daughters."  Our daughters.  Hmmmm . . . .  Every child (or, if you prefer, since it changes nothing, every "fetus") slain in an abortion is male or female. The victim is not a male or female mosquito or rat. He or she is a male or female human---a son or daughter. As it happens, worldwide more often the child killed is a female, a daughter, and very often the child is killed precisely because she is female. A daughter is destroyed in the womb because her father or mother or both want a son, not a daughter. She is not good enough. She will not do. She must be gotten rid of. How sad an irony that the defense of the legal right to take the life of a child in the womb is made in the name of protecting "our daughters."


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