Serious arguments can be made [about abortion] from many sides. Reasonable people disagree for reasons that deserve mutual respect. Pro-choice liberals must honor--though certainly not defer to--the seriousness of those who hold pro-life views. I cannot begrudge religious conservatives who seek to persuade women not to have abortions. One can oppose Roe vs. Wade without being an evil person. One can picket an abortion clinic--though not get in the face of a frightened pregnant patient--in an honorable fashion.
It would be easier to graciously acknowledge the seriousness of social conservatives if they were to grant us the same courtesy.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Disagreement And Courtesy
Writing in the "New Republic," Harold Pollack on abortion: