Moore to the Point - Do the Exceptions Swallow the Rule?

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Note: This “Moore to the Point” commentary aired on NewsTalkSTL on Thursday, May 26th. Audio included below.

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.

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But it can sometimes spark a meaningful conversation – and even inspire an Op-Ed. I was reminded of one such spark last week when a witness testifying at a US House hearing on abortion left Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin scrambling to reclaim 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?”

Years ago, I was challenged on Twitter on that very point and it inspired me to ask: 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?

I have yet to receive any takers on that proposition. So, I’m forced to wonder, are these exceptions intended to prove the rule? Or swallow it whole?

 

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