VP Harris Twisted Logic on Slavery and Abortion
VP Harris recently compared the abortion debate to American slavery. This comparison works, but not how she thought it would.
From WORLD. The downfall of Roe v. Wade has energized the apocalypticism of the left like few other moments in the last 50 years. Seemingly, every week since the Dobbs decision brings a new expression of panic from progressives, many of whom appear to have little to no awareness of the strength and popularity of the pro-life movement (and argument) until this summer.
The cluelessness on display is reaching new levels of desperation. Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking Monday at the NAACP National Convention, compared the Dobbs ruling to chattel slavery. “We know, NAACP, that our country has a history of claiming ownership over human bodies,” Vice President Harris remarked. “And today, extremist so-called leaders are criminalizing doctors and punishing women for making healthcare decisions for themselves….”
It is … a deeply revealing comparison, one that invites a historical and philosophical examination of pro-abortion rhetoric that leaves no doubt where the legacy of slavery continues comfortably today.
The idea that the subjugation of human life is a net moral good was a familiar one to the Confederacy’s architects. Infamously, John C. Calhoun made the argument explicit… In “Slavery a Positive Good,” he proclaimed that the enslavement of Africans had unequivocally benefited them….
[There] is a worrisome continuity between Calhoun’s arguments and the sentiment of many pro-abortion activists. Consider, for example, the notion that pro-life laws are bad because they will result in more poor people….
What is the alternative viewpoint? According to the pro-life argument, poverty is terrible, and no poverty is worse than the deprivation of life itself. While it’s common for abortion advocates to malign pro-life people as disinterested in the material suffering of mothers and families, the astonishing breadth of goods and services offered by the same pregnancy resource centers that Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to shut down contradict this slur….
Slavery takes ownership of another’s life while abortion snuffs one out. Such moral hideousness should be roundly condemned—in every form. The vice president’s moral argument is an atrocity and an embarrassment. But the pro-abortion movement is desperate, and that desperation is showing.
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(Excerpt from WORLD. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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