Don’t make laws you haven’t thought about
It’s almost uncomfortable to watch these people trying in vain to answer the question “If abortion was illegal, what should be done about women who violate this law?”. One woman simply wanted women who have had abortions to feel bad about. Well, I’m not aware of any woman who has exercised this option who did not at least wrestle with the decision. Many women I know are still upset by the decision.
One girl suggested women who have abortions should perhaps go to jail for murder, although it was obvious she had no real desire to see them incarcerated. But her basic platitudes about life would make that inevitable, even when she knew such actions were wrong. This is the danger of seeing the world in a black and white.
Also, note the last woman in the video, who seemed extremely uncomfortable with answering questions she had never considered before. She became increasingly cautious as it became obvious to her she was incapable of dealing with this moral question. She asks the interviewer to talk to a ‘more informed’ representative. Who could possibly feel right about anything if they have not considered all the facts? This is another classic example of the sheepishness of deeply religious individuals. They defer the responsibility of making ethical choices to their ‘representatives’. I have news for you if that’s the case: morality is a human activity. To absolve yourself from it means you are not part of the ethical process. In fact, removing yourself from the burden of choice makes all your actions unethical.