Is the Right pro-family or anti-abortion?
The Corner has an interesting discussion of a post by HalfSigma suggesting that being pro-choice makes you pro-family. HalfSigma argues that single motherhood is the largest contemporary threat to the family and that abortion cuts down on single motherhood. So, the logic goes, If abortion as a policy leads to pro-family outcomes, than being pro-choice is one way to express pro-family tendencies.
The Corner folks, not surprisingly, go wild in response. The more philosophical posts comes from Andy McCarthy and Jonah Goldberg. McCarthy, correctly points out that “opposition to abortion is a moral position. It’s not a strategic position that you tweak to get a better [pro-family] outcome.” In other words, the Right is not anti-abortion because it leads to pro-family outcomes; they are anti-abortion because they are anti-abortion.
But the Right also claims to be pro-family, so HalfSigma’s argument is worth considering: in being anti-abortion, the Right is anti-family, to a degree. The question is which are they more: pro-family or anti-abortion? Goldberg responds: “I’m perfectly fine conceding that abortion would help to alleviate some of the problems associated with single motherhood, but I don’t see why people so often think this is a blockbuster argument that’s going to change peoples’ minds [regarding abortion].” Goldberg’s answer: more anti-abortion than pro-family.