Today, Kleinheider says:
In my opinion, you are only pro-life if you believe abortion should be outlawed (with exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother) at some level of government. You can be pro-life and not want a human life amendment to the constitution. You can be pro-life and prefer that the issue go to the states.
But, in my mind, you cannot call yourself pro-life if you believe that abortion should remain as a legal medical procedure. You just cannot. [Emphasis his.]
Is Kleinheider getting soft in his old age?
I’ve often talked about how we, as a society, tend to think of pregnancy as the proper punishment for sluts and how so much of the anti-abortion rhetoric seems to circle around making sure that women don’t escape the punishment that they so richly deserve.
How much punishment do women deserve for being sluts? Kleinheider spells it out for you.
You don’t deserve to die (hence the reason for the “life of mother” exception). That’s too far. But you do deserve to be forced to have a baby.
How do we know this is about punishing sluts?
Because Kleinheider is willing to make an exception for women who got pregnant while not willingly having sex–rape and incest.
If a human being is a human being, from the moment of conception forward, there can be no exceptions (except, possibly, life of mother). The ‘baby’ cannot help how it was conceived. Rape and incest are no excuse for “murdering” a baby.
And yet, Kleinheider offers those two loopholes for women seeking abortions.
Because even Kleinheider is uncomfortable with women who are already the victims of crimes that might impregnate them being further victimized by having to gestate and, at the least, give birth to the child of her victimizer.
Now, if only we can work Kleinheider up to the idea that women are grown-ass individuals who all have our own equally valid reasons for making the reproductive choice we make, we might be on to a true revolution.