Michaels, your link was compromised. I will try to highlight it, but you are probably going to have to fix it. https://www.priestsforlife.org/king-pla ... od-1-8.pdf
] I looked at it, and it is a very interesting article I will read the pdf in full. Thanks.
You might be interested to know that the late Nat Hentoff, a free speech advocate, was opposed to abortion. He also said that Susan B Anthony and other early feminists were. So evidently both feminists and first generation modern civil rights leaders were opposed to abortion.
I also wish to tell you that this is a special subject. I am opposed to preemptive war, capital punishment and even gun culture. It troubles me when people who claim to be Christian embrace any of these. I am also do not listen to them much on abortion. But I did read your link. And it has excellent merit historically.
How abortion got all balled up the way it has is a direct result of the antipathy that many on the right have towards poverty and the poor, as well as the burgeoning middle class.
Abortion was never meant for eugenic purposes. Margaret Sanger meant it to alleviate the immense suffering of poor women dying in the slums of New York at the turn of the century (1900). They were often merely the sex toys of their abusive husbands who cared neither for them or the off spring they bore other than to carry on the family name and provide the world with one external reminder that they were men.
And these guys suffered too. But it was in this cauldron that modern notion of abortion was born. It was to alleviate the misery of these women and their families. It happened in a context we may not understand. It was not racism or anything like that; it was compassion, a modicum no doubt, to these people that society refused to acknowledge or help provide sustenance for. And often they belonged to minorities and were very poor.
It was not an ideal; it was a necessity because often contraception was as frowned upon as abortion. It created a double bind for people where they were damned if they do and damned if they don't.