Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Ulterior motives

Ampersand has an excellent post looking at the policy positions of anti-abortion activists, and in particular the degree to which their arguments substantiate their claim that their motivation is to stop murder rather than to punish slutty women. It's pretty clear from this analysis that the chosen strategies are much more consistent with the latter motivation.
Almost none of their policies make sense if they really see no difference between the death of a fetus and the death of a four-year-old. However, nearly all their policies make sense if they're seeking to make sure that women who have sex are punished. After years of seeing this pattern repeated again and again, it's difficult to take them at their word.
Indeed. The table presenting the comparison is really great -- go check it out. An amazing number of positions on related matters seem to fall into a consistent framework when looked at in this way.

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