I bring your attention to this awful story
of a child in Italy who survived for two days after a botched abortion (though without any medical attention, he later died) as a reminder--not only of the poignant horror that is the reality of abortion--but also as a reminder of what is really lost in the often too political discussion of abortion. What is really at stake in this debate is a question of hearts and minds. One side is guilty of rationalizing the thing to the point where the heart is perverted by the false reasoning of the mind. The other side is guilty of forgetting that in every appeal to right reason, there are competing interests of passion and heart. However valuable or important they may be in and of themselves, I don't believe that the abortion issue is ever going to be resolved by rational arguments about a "right to life" or lengthy discussion of the relative merits of a Constitutional "right to privacy." It will only be resolved (in a way satisfactory to friends of life) if and when the vast majority of the American people can look at a story like the one described above and see no excuse for it in a civilized country.