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Since I posted yesterday on my puzzlement over Andrew Sullivan‘s unwillingness to support late-term abortions despite his obvious and eloquent empathy, he’s continued to post heart-stopping testimonials from readers about their own experiences. Then I was brought up short by his just-issued post:

“A reader writes:

The posts from real women who have had to ponder and in some cases have late-term abortions has really changed my thinking.  It may be the early term abortions that are most morally problematic, not the late term ones that arise under the most excruciating of circumstances.  My own feeling is that our moral duty is to agonize and struggle over the serious choices we make, not always to make the usually unknowable “right” choice.  By this standard, the women you have posted have more than done their duty.  I would not want to second guess them.

Thank you for posting these messages, and especially thanks to the people who wrote them and were willing to have them posted.  Just as gays coming out and being known destigmatizes you and them, getting these abortion stories out takes away the cartoon quality of the whole abortion debate.  There just is very little black and white in the world and loads of gray.

“My feelings entirely.”

The blogosphere is often seen — sometimes caricatured — as thousands of loud partisans screaming at each other, with few listening to what others are saying. Read over the last few days of the Daily Dish, especially on this abortion issue, and be heartened.

Originally published on June 3, 2010

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  1. June 4th, 2009 at 13:55 | #1

    I just found you via the Dish, and am glad to add you to my small list of political blogs that I read. I’m from Philly too, and a lesbian mom, and a former lawyer — we have a lot in common.

    I too was incredibly heartened by the last few days of discussion on abortion at the Dish. Sully at his best is pretty damn thoughtful and refreshingly willing to reconsider his position on things.



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