Pro-life stockholm syndrome
January 26, 2013 § 17 Comments
Once someone has been held captive long enough dysfunction frequently sets in. Prisoners become sympathetic to their captors and, wittingly or unwittingly, they begin to adopt their captors’ views and even aid and abet their captors. Something similar has happened to the pro-life movement.
The reason abortion is legal is because it is physiologically easier for men to get away with casual sex than it is for women to do so. Abortion provides the backstop that is necessary to make fornication and other consequence-free sex an equal opportunity sport.
This has created a dynamic wherein the pro-life movement often works to reduce, as much as possible, the consequences of female fornication. Traditionally the consequences of out-of-wedlock sex could include (but did not always include, and never did so equally for both men and women) shame, loss of status and income, and other consequences. Pro-lifers worry that these things will lead more women to abort: unborn children are hostages, keeping the pro-life movement captive.
As a result nearly our entire society is united on the goal of making unwed pregnancy and out of wedlock motherhood as easy and consequence-free as possible. People formally support abortion on the left, people materially support abortion on the right (even though many genuinely wish to oppose abortion and do formally oppose it), and almost nobody actually opposes abortion.
More fuel on the fire is not going to put it out.