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the limits of choice

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 22, 2006

Now I've seen everything: Ellen Goodman has discovered circumstances in which she does not support legal abortion.

Yes, when a woman is bound and gagged and delivered at gunpoint to the abortion clinic, even Ellen Goodman notices that something is wrong. Moreover, she assures us, the US Supreme Court wouldn't approve, either. Abortion, she intones, must always be the woman's free choice.

Which demonstrates that Ellen Goodman has never stood outside a clinic and watched the sobbing young women being pushed by angry boyfriends, the teenagers shaking their heads as embarrassed mothers drag them toward the door...

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  • Posted by: Laity1 - Sep. 25, 2006 10:48 AM ET USA

    How Long is Goodman's "long historical lens"?

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Sep. 24, 2006 1:59 PM ET USA

    Like Janet, I am also one who prays on sat.morning at P.P. I'l call Ellen and invite her to observe at P.P. in Boston., where I go.

  • Posted by: placidus - Sep. 23, 2006 8:49 AM ET USA

    To that bioethics patriarch Joseph Fletcher, nothing in the natural way of life was sacrosanct. Demonstrating that "choice" has never been the end-all of bioethics Fletcher said :"Testes and ovaries are social by nature and it would appear ethically that they should be controlled in the social interest." (Humanhood: Essays in Biomedical Ethics, Prometheus Books,1979, pg 118) Talk of Big Brother...

  • Posted by: Gino - Sep. 22, 2006 9:14 PM ET USA

    I would also suggest Ms. Goodman stand outside a clinic and watch the young women crying and almost shaking while someone pulls them into the "clinic". At least we now now how far the limit is for Ms.Goodman.

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Sep. 22, 2006 8:56 PM ET USA

    I see this almost every week as I pray and counsel outside a Planned Parenthood abortuary.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Sep. 22, 2006 1:51 PM ET USA

    Where has Ellen been for the last 30+ years? Abortion is almost never a free choice for a woman. How sad that dinosaurs like Ms. Goodman can't pull themselves out of the tar pit far enough to see this.

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