The moral argument for abortion?

According to Slate columnist Linda Hirshman, there is a moral case for abortion and it needs to be made, but I couldn't find it in her article. The best I could find was an economic argument.

Her article begins with a celebration of a proposed update to the Democratic platform on abortion.
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
Some of us read this as the Democratic Party supports an industry that executes children under the premise that one murder is better than two difficult lives. The nod to family value conservatives is a commitment, whatever that means, to more support for ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre and post natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs. I think if they are offering funding why not include an offer to make adoptions easier and more affordable as well? It might interfere with the economic argument for abortion.

Economics is equivalent to morals for columnist Hirshman. She writes, It is time to revive the moral argument for protecting a woman's right to choose: Abortion is about the value of women's lives. It seems to Hirshman that children in the womb don't have value. In the very next sentence she writes, Liberals have never won anything by reframing moral questions as pragmatic ones; they end up looking shifty and evasive. An economic argument is one of pragmatism, not morals. She is blind to her own inability to speak morally. She continues
Women bear the overwhelming majority of child-rearing responsibility in this society. Yet barely more than half of the moderate centrists would allow them to decide whether to abort—even in face of a physical or mental defect in the prospective child. Women, whose economic prospects plummet with the birth of a child, now face 65 percent majorities who would support criminalizing their decision to abort because they are too poor for parenthood. Guttmacher Institute abortion numbers reveal that these same poor women are disproportionately black and Hispanic.
If in-country adoption were easier and more affordable there would be more moms available to bear this responsibility. Defects that lead to abortion include Down syndrome, cleft palates and gender. What if genetic screening can determine ADHD? Will we allow women the freedom from burdens such as prospective children such as Michael Phelps who is ADHD and got into swimming as a way to burn off his excess energy? Finally Hirshman reveals her moral argument. Economic prospects plummet when children are born. Should poor people not procreate then? The US government currently provides food and care for poor children and many social service agencies will provide clothes and housing assitance. Some of these poor Hispanics are Catholics who are honored for their large families. Unfortunately, for African-Americans, abortion has been called a Black Genocide. (Those links will make the case more explicit)

Hirshman continues,
In the 30-some years since Roe v. Wade, somewhere between 18 million and 30 million American women—15 percent to 20 percent of the female American population—have terminated their pregnancies.
With 40 million babies killed since 1973, that means up to half these women have used abortion more than once. Most are killed as a means of birth control, few for rape or life threatening situations. If all those babies were born, would the country's women be so much worse off? Finally, Hirshman ends with a a rally cry,
In the absence of a robust description of the value of women's lives—their ability to develop their capacities through education, to use them to achieve economic independence and political citizenship, to take on only the relationships they can manage—there is no moral argument for their "choice" to have an abortion.
Education is still available to pregnant women as well as those who have raised children and return to school. Economic dependency is not a crime, an assault on freedom, or a human rights issue. Women with children in tow can and do vote and participate civilly. If women took on relationships they can manage before they have intercourse, also known as marriage, this issue goes away. Hirshman believes in abortion more than she cares about women or children. It's a blindness that won't be cured by bloggers like me, but by the conviction from God that can soften hearts of stone.

Father, forgive us our sins and let your kingdom come and your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.


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