Monday, April 20, 2015
On the Claim that We Should "Trust Women and Their Doctors" Being an Argument Against Restrictions on Third Trimester Abortions
First of all, it isn't an argument. It's a talking-point and a rather ridiculous one at that. Yes, we absolutely should trust that most people will do the morally right thing (I trust that most folks won't rob me or assault me, for example). But that doesn't mean that there shouldn't be a law against the morally wrong thing in that a) not every person (in this instance, a woman and her doctor) is moral and so the honor system doesn't always work and b) society functions via a balancing of rights and incentives (yes, a woman has rights but a fetus in the third trimester is a viable human being who is also deserving of rights), and while, no, a law isn't always the most prudent way to go, in the case of life/death, there really isn't much of an alternative. "Trust me."