Double-clutching the standard: how retaining fornicators leads to more abortion
January 25, 2013 § 74 Comments
The case of the unmarried woman who voluntarily disqualified herself from her job as a Catholic first grade teacher by fornicating and becoming pregnant has in my view become something of a litmus test for disordered views of justice and mercy.
Basically it has divided the world into those who care more about standards and those who care more about double-standards.
There is no question of this case being about mercy simpliciter. If it were about mercy simpliciter the woman would not be suing the diocese. She is suing the diocese because she feels she is entitled to the job she lost, even though she lost it because she voluntarily broke her contract.
Moreover, she feels entitled to the job precisely because she perceives a double standard. She is not outraged that men are getting away with fornicating: she is outraged that some women are not. The existence of a double-standard inherent in the nature of things is an outrage, and must be nullified by eliminating the standard altogether — even though she herself explicitly agreed to the standard when she signed the contract. Eliminating double-standards – not even actual double-standards in principle, but in-practice double standards dictated by the nature of the differences between men and women – takes priority over standards.
It is precisely this liberal understanding of double-standards as the worst kind of injustice which drives the abortion holocaust. Anyone who has read some of the canonical feminist works – say Backlash by Susan Faludi, for example – can see that the driving factor behind abortion is the double standard of nature herself: the fact that women can become pregnant but men cannot. This is a basic violation of equality: a double standard. So women must be allowed to abort.
If your goal is to add fuel to the fire of the abortion holocaust, one of the best ways to do so is to keep pretending that this case is about mercy.