Moore to the Point – Do the Exceptions Swallow the Rule? – Opinion

Note: This “Moore to the Point” commentary aired on NewsTalkSTL on Thursday, May 26th. Below is audio.

Social media is the least likely place to resolve differences – if anything, it seemingly stokes them, further increasing our political and cultural divides. So it’s probably the last place to look for reasoned discourse on a topic as thorny as abortion.

But it can sometimes spark a meaningful conversation – and even inspire an Op-Ed. Last week, a witness at an American House hearing about abortion had Jamie Raskin (Democratic Representative) scrambling for his time. In response to his assertion that she was calling for a nationwide ban on abortions with no exceptions for rape and incest, witness Catherine Glenn Foster replied: “If we added rape and incest exceptions, would you vote for it?”

An inspiration for me was the fact that I was once challenged by Twitter about this very topic. If true compromise were on the table — if those who fall in the “pro-choice” camp were assured that abortion would remain a legal option in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother — how many of them would agree to it?

That proposition has yet to be accepted. So, I’m forced to wonder, are these exceptions intended to ProveThe rule? You can also swallow the rule whole.


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