Late last week there was an interesting exchange on Fox News involving a couple of anti-choice radicals and the eminent scholar Geraldo Rivera. Geraldo valiantly defended the honor of Planned Parenthood, pointing out that, despite the unhinged rantings of women-hating right wingers, there is such a thing as a "good abortion." A good abortion, he explained, "is sitting in a clean place, where the woman's health is protected! As opposed to a back alley! As opposed to a back alley where the woman dies with some butcher cutting her to pieces!" Indeed, women should not be butchered in back alleys; they should be butchered inside Planned Parenthoods. This is America, people. Women deserve to be cut to pieces and left for dead by doctors, not untrained amateurs. As for the babies, they will of course die and be mutilated no matter the location, but it's important for this to happen in a safe and clean environment. Besides, if they're killed in the mythical Back Alley, there won't be anyone around to harvest their organs.
Geraldo's reasoning is not only insightful and compassionate, but ubiquitous. Abortion advocates across the western world have almost completely abandoned the scientific and moral arguments for the institution, planting their flag on the supposed inevitably of it instead. They contend that because abortion does happen, it should happen. Or at least that because it does, it doesn't matter if it should. Pro-abortion folks argue that society's duty is to not to prevent or condemn the murder of unborn human beings, but to ensure that it's done safely and cleanly and at the gentle hands of a rich man with a framed diploma hanging on the wall.