Well, we’ve looked at the prayers themselves, we’ve seen the claims, and they’ve left much to be desired. What else could be said?
Plenty, it turns out.
All told, this has been a lopsided ‘conversation.’ Summing it up:
“Pro-lifers just oppose our prayers because they’re misogynistic!”
“No, they’re the wrong things to pray for, and the morality of the issue is contested to begin with.”
“Pro-lifers don’t think we have the right to pray!”
“It’s not about the right to pray, it’s about the question of the unborn.”
“Tee-hee! Keep it up, the more you comment, the more abortions get provided!”
“It doesn’t mean that abortion is moral, and none of the issues we’ve raised have been answered.”
“Guess some people don’t like us providing women with compassion & spiritual support.”
“What? Are you paying attention? If we’re right, abortion is not compassion.”
Really, if the only recourse that Faith Aloud has is “if you say anything, your beloved unborn will die” isn’t a “fundraiser” so much as it is a “hostage situation.”
Will they answer the claims we’ve made? Will they answer the discrepancies and factual mistakes pointed out? Can they? We’ve seen no evidence to suggest that there is even a passing interest in anything any pro-lifer has thus far said.
That, coupled with the comments like “deep misogyny,” “they don’t want us to pray,” and the like, I’m inclined to attribute such remarks to simple closed-mindedness. This would not be the case if such remarks were not the only thing we got out of them. In counting my previous blog posts as “hostile attacks,” they counted my ‘common ground’ attempt as ‘hostile.’ Do they want discussion, or just meek capitulation?
But there’s also a double standard at work, too: the idea that all pro-lifers are only acting out of misogyny, or total bigotry, is deeply insulting to pro-lifers. It also, as I mentioned earlier, rules out the possibility of the much-praised ‘common ground.’ Because, really, who would want to find common ground with complete misogynists? Whining about common ground rings hollow when you simply dismiss everything your opponents say, and accuse them of acting out of deep-seated character flaws. It might well be the case that any or all of us who deal with abortion have character flaws, but our arguments do not stand or fall on them.
But all of this is proof of the state of affairs in dialogue regarding abortion: there is no moral neutrality when it comes to abortion. To Faith Aloud, even standing in front of an abortion facility with a sign is intolerable and morally offensive; to pro-lifers, praying for greater access to abortion is morally offensive. But there’s more to it than mere offense, or closed-mindedness (because I have seen some very, very closed-minded pro-lifers, and they also make terrible arguments). So how about it, Faith Aloud? Nobody gets to hide behind spirituality when it comes to the ethics of abortion. Let’s evaluate the arguments on their own strengths and see who comes out the victor.