Today’s Talking Point


The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill that would put significant restrictions on abortion if it becomes law. The bill contains, get ready for today’s talking point, “no exceptions for rape or incest.” That phrase appears in the headlines in stories about the bill from the Washington Post and CBS News; the lack of such exceptions figures in stories from the AP, Reuters, and other sources. The real problem that Progressives have with the bill is that it outlaws abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. It seems that they’re trying to use the lack of exceptions for the rare instance of rape and incest as a way painting the bill’s supports as out-of-the-mainstream extremists. We’re also beginning to see stories about Rowe v. Wade being in danger of reversal by the Supreme Court.  I expect to hear the tip jars rattling at various presidential campaigns quite soon.

I’m not in favor of rape or incest but I believe it’s a good thing that we no longer treat rape as a capital crime and hang the perpetrators. I also believe that we shouldn’t kill either of the victims of a rape, so I’ve never understood why it makes sense to allow killing a child because he or she was conceived during a rape. I feel the same way about killing a child conceived incestuously.

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone


When Dr. Hook recorded the song by Shel Silverstein, he probably didn’t have a wanted poster in mind.

All I have to say about the Rolling Stone rape fiasco is to note that fact checking is important. I’ve recently successfully defended myself in a defamation case because the facts were on my side and the plaintiff could not show that anything I had published was false.

I doubt that the Rolling Stone will be able to mount a similar defense if sued by some of the persons mentioned in their story.

It Isn’t the Baby That Needs Killing


I was going to write a post about my reaction to the foolishness of Todd Akin. Rebecca Hamilton has an essay at Patheos that covers almost all my points, and she does a better job than I would have.

Go read her post, but before you do, let me just make one point. Rape is no longer a capital crime, and, even when it was, we hanged the rapist not the baby. The baby is one of the victims. Punishing the victim compounds the crime, so, no, I don’t support allowing abortions in the case of rape.