One Mississippi

PBS Frontline tonight was about abortion. One of its themes was that abortion clinics are disappearing in many states, with Mississippi down to one clinic. In the usual tendentious PBS style, the show fades out on the ominous note that Mississippi may soon have no more clinics.

It says something about a lot of things that many see these clincs as oasis rather than gas ovens run for profit. We can go down many ratholes here: Why are these women irresponsibly getting pregnant in the first place? What happens after the birth? What should political policy be? But these are diversions. They cannot excuse the foulness of abortion itself or the seared consciences of its ardent supporters. As Calvin put it: “If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.”

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