Klavan On The Culture

Death Wish!

Bye-ee!

Out of the too-hilarious-for-a-joke file — and from the pro-life LifeNews.com — comes this delightful report on Chelsea Clinton’s thoughts on the difficult lives of our ancestors:

From the stage at the recent Women Deliver conference, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea revealed that her much-admired maternal grandmother was the child of unwed teenage parents who “did not have access to services that are so crucial that Planned Parenthood helps provide.”

Chelsea’s grandmother was born of an unintended pregnancy.

Anyone would be tempted to go for the cheap gag here — “I wish your grandmother had been aborted too, Chelsea!” — but the real point is that that’s not the point at all. I don’t wish my political opponents were dead or had never been born. I simply wish they would either 1) come to their senses or 2) lose elections so we don’t 3) end up with crappy, corrupt, America-destroying administrations like the current one.

No, it’s Chelsea here who, following thoughtlessly in the footsteps of her parents, is wishing herself right smack dab off the face of the earth! And that is very much the point.

I’m not a big believer in the slippery slope argument. “We can’t let Catholics have the vote or the Pope will rule England! We can’t let gays get married or the family and thus freedom will collapse! We can’t let women have the vote or the nanny state will consume our freedoms…”  Well, maybe that last one. Kidding, kidding.

The thing is, whether there’s a slippery slope or not, you have to do what’s right — give people their freedom and equality before the law — and then deal with the consequences as they come. It’s the only way because we never really know what the effects of our actions will be. So – trust to freedom and deal.

But with abortion, it’s different. Death has a certain, oh, finality about it that makes its consequences more or less foreseeable. To wit, when yer dead yer dead. So, followed to their only rational conclusion, unfettered abortion “rights” are absolutely guaranteed to strip the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from the generation up ahead.

Abortion is a one-sided suicide pact — a bad deal that gives women of the future the ability to end their pregnancies at will in exchange for never being born themselves! Chelsea Clinton doesn’t really wish her great grandparents had had the right to prevent her life from occurring. Why then should she wish non-existence on the Chelseas we don’t yet know?