That’s the conclusion of a recent Times of London column by personal finance editor Antonia Senior, which pits women’s rights against the sanctity of life.
In the June 30 piece, titled “Yes, abortion is killing. But it is the lesser evil,” Senior, unlike some of her cohorts, acknowledges that abortion is killing and that her moral certainty on abortion “is wavering.” She recognizes that a fetus “is a life by any subjective measure” and that any other conclusion is “a convenient lie that we on the pro-choice side of the debate tell ourselves to make us feel better about the action of taking a life.”
But that taking a life is justified, Senior asserts, because a woman’s right to control her own fertility is paramount. She argues that if men were the ones to bear children, abortion would have been legalized long ago. “The mystery pondered on many a girls’ night out is how on earth men, bless them, managed to hang on to political and cultural hegemony for so long,” she writes. “The only answer is that they are not in hock to their biology as much as we are.”
Of course, protecting the human dignity of all life — from conception to natural death — is about recognizing the dignity of each person, women not least of all. The fact that Senior acknowledges the humanity of the unborn child, but disregards it so willingly is frightening.
Perhaps most unnerving about Senior’s argument is her conclusion that, “if you are willing to die for a cause, you must be prepared to kill for it, too.” As Carl E. Olson, OSV Newsweekly’s Scripture columnist pointed out at IgnatiusInsight.com, one would expect such words from a radical jihadist or other violent extremist, not a person with a rational argument to make.