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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Monday, February 27, 2006 :::

Via The Corner, an essay by Ramesh and Robert George on abortion. A point they make:
Furthermore, the punishment could be scaled to fit the social consequences of the crime: ordinary murder typically causes more pain among the family and friends of the victims than does abortion; the risk of murder decreases the ability of people to participate in and move through society without fear; and if ordinary murder were not severely punished, people's efforts to protect themselves could end up endangering others.
Their intent is to argue that one can support laws against abortion without believing the penalty must be the same as for ordinary murder laws, but they've pretty well encapsulated the middle-ground Libertarian pro-choice position, I think — abortion may be wrong, even very wrong in a way that violates other people's rights, without demanding a government solution the way some other things might.

::: posted by dWj at 11:48 PM

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