You will recall that when Paul Ryan became the GOP vice presidential nominee presumptive, I noted the rejoicing of Serious Journalists (SJs) that the country would now embark on a Serious Adult Discussion (SAD) entitlement reform. And as a SJ myself, I too rejoiced, though not without some skepticism that such a SAD would actually occur. (And I rather think that my skepticism has been borne out pretty well thus far.)
Anyway, now that Todd Akin has declined the imprecations of his Republican colleagues to remove his hat from the Missouri senatorial ring, I'm hoping that SJs everywhere will join me in calling for a SAD about abortion. To start the discussion off, here are four questions for those who would like to change current law and take the country back to the days when abortions were illegal.
1. If you believe life as a person begins at conception, what are the grounds, if any, for justifying exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother?
2. If abortion is murder, on what grounds should a woman who obtains an abortion not be charged with murder?
3. If abortion becomes illegal again, would you be willing to grant a religious liberty exception for those (e.g. Orthodox Jews) who believe that the life and health of the mother should take precedence over the life of the fetus?
4. If you had your druthers, what would you really like abortion law to say?
I confess I'm even more skeptical that an abortion SAD will take place than an entitlement SAD. Because the pro-life community is even more disingenuous than the pro-entitlement-reform community.