By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 26, 2004
Ellen Goodman loyally works all the NARAL talking points into her pre-march column, including the predictable lie from the studio of Josef Goebbels:
After all, those of us who remember when birth control was illegal and when 10,000 American women a year died from illegal abortions don't have to imagine a world without choices.
As former abortionist Bernard Nathanson admits, the 10,000 dead number was a total fabrication which he and his fellow advocates invented and promulgated purely for its shock value. In parroting the number, decades after the fraud has been exposed, Goodman concedes the obvious: that she writes as a shill.
But there's a deeper point at issue, one made by Hadley Arkes in a Crisis article from the 1980s (now lost to me, alas). Mario Cuomo gave a speech in which he warned that women would die in back-alley abortions were his opponent to be elected. Arkes pounced on the sophistry and, in a scathing exercise of demolition, assimilated Cuomo's philosophy to that of that old South, quoting the exchange in Huckleberry Finn between Tom Sawyer's Aunt Sally and Huck. Having arrived later than expected, Huck pretends to have traveled downriver in a steamboat, which had come to grief:
"We blowed out a cylinder head."
"Good gracious! anybody hurt?"
"No'm. Killed a nigger."
"Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt."
Unspoken but taken for granted in Aunt Sally and Huck's conversation is the conviction that blacks don't rise to the level of human beings, whence their death or injury is not a matter for concern. Though Aunt Sally's feelings are certainly meant to be genuine
Thus Cuomo, thus Goodman. Unlike the hand-wringing pro-aborts such as Anna Quindlen and Naomi Wolf
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