Abortion Is “Murder Lite”

Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times rolls up his sleeves to address a question that has liberals puzzled: What’s behind the anti-abortion frenzy?

The recent finding that a majority of Americans are now pro-life is dismissed as “a hard rightward swing among Republicans and nothing more.” After all, “human rights are not determined by majority vote, thank goodness.” By “human rights” he’s referring to the right to kill, not the right not to be killed.

He deals with those who believe in the sanctity of innocent human life by sneering that

it isn’t quite fair to pretend you’re part of the discussion. “Abortion is murder.” We get it; thanks.

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If it’s not murder, what is it? Steinberg’s enlightened answer:

I consider this a gray region. Abortion isn’t murder — well, not until the last stage of pregnancy, when it is — but rather a sort of murder, murder lite, and I’m glad that I’ve conducted my life in such a way that I’ve never been party to one.

There’s no virtue, no sin, just a fetid swamp of nuance. Yet Steinberg still manages to indulge in moral preening, which he pulls off like a 90-year-old woman making coquettish expressions.

At last he reaches the conclusion that no one really cares about innocent lives getting snuffed out. If we did, we’d let liberals repeal the Second Amendment. Therefore, the pro-life movement consists of backwards prudes who think sex should only be allowed for procreation. Then comes “Today’s chuckle”:

I want to get an abortion. But my boyfriend and I are having trouble conceiving.

Yuk yuk.

Noel Steinberg, inventor of the term, “murder lite.”

On a tip from MP. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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