I don't wish any ill on the newly pregnant Chelsea Clinton, much less her unborn child. Truly and sincerely - health and long life to everyone, Godwilling, especially innocent children. And when I saw the headline that Mrs Clinton was pregnant, my response was immediately one of.. well, complete apathy. I don't give much of a shit about the personal lives of celebrities, political or otherwise. What's Chelsea Clinton done anyway other than be a daughter to a pair of, at worst, disasteful semi-moderate parents? Oh sure, she says she may run for political office someday - but that's a while away, if ever the day comes.
Ignore her, be happy for her, and there's nothing more to say here. Right?
Acknowledging the shift I've felt in my sensibilities lately, I am forced to wonder if this really is the best course of action - this kind of intellectual non-aggression treaty when it comes to (in Chelsea's case, presumably - in her parent's case, definitely) pro-abortion women who are pregnant. In fact, it rather seems to me like the best time to really start acknowledging the realities of abortion.
To that end, I'd like to see, if not Chelsea, then at least Hillary Clinton pressed on the question of abortion right now. Wouldn't that be a great interview question, interrupting the stream of otherwise softball questions?
'Mrs Clinton, congratulations on your daughter's pregnancy. Just to reiterate, you do believe she should have the unequivocal right to end her child's life at any stage up until birth, for any reason whatsoever, and without so much as the input or knowledge of her husband - correct?'
'Mrs Clinton, has your daughter decided on names for her child yet? Also, you acknowledge that whatever is inside of her now shouldn't legally be considered a person, right? It's just a blob of meaningless cells that may one day have real value, but for now it's closer to a benign growth one can choose to have sliced apart and vacuumed up if so desired, yes?'
'Mrs Clinton, hypothetical situation. Your daughter is pregnant with a baby girl, but she doesn't want to have more than one child, and she'd really prefer a son. So she chooses to have her child aborted so she can get pregnant with the 'right kind' of baby. You agree this should be legal, yes?'
We'd see some fireworks if she was caught offguard.
I'm sure it would be regarded with outrage, of course - on the left and right. On the left, well... those are people who are often terrified of even saying the A-word, hence "A woman's right to choose..." being the war cry, or "reproductive rights", always with 'abortion' or 'killing her fetus' left entirely out of the picture, to be inferred rather than read. On the right, well... it would come across as one more assault on the sanctity of motherhood. Worse, an intellectual attack on a woman specifically, which - let's face it - riles a lot of women regardless of where they stand on this issue. Talk about such things later, thank you very much. Let her bask in the glow of motherhood now, and hope that the experience, without any outside assistance, nudges her in the right direction.
Yada, yada, yada.
And yet I'm sitting here thinking - in a world where the socially conservative are harassed constantly... who, once outed, are forced to be on guard against being fired, against being misrepresented among their peers and in the news, mocked in entertainment media... why pull intellectual punches? Why allow hypocrisy be shielded by what would be quickly regarded as outdated sanctity if the shoe were on the other foot? Why not take the opportunity to put the issues in stark relief, and if it happens to result in some piss getting in everyone's punch bowl, so be it?