This is the second time I’ve used that photo in a post this week. It’s a third-trimester fetus, and it’s up because it is important to remember what we’re talking about, or, in this case, what current Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was talking about in his usual intellectually lazy, ethically-inert manner in a 2019 exchange with Chris Wallace.
Most of my Facebook friends block me from seeing their political blatherings because I have a tendency to call them on badly-reasoned pandering to the woke, and they can’t handle it. They just want “likes” on their regurgitated talking points and usually aren’t equipped to defend them. I was just scrolling down to see if anyone had left a substantive post on my feed, and to my horror, an old friend whom I regard as generally sharp and perceptive had tracked down the interview (from a Fox News town hall) and pronounced it “the only acceptable answer” regarding late term abortions. Here is what he called “acceptable”:
As he has proven repeatedly, Buttigieg is a facile, intellectually lazy, platitude-mouthing pandering phony, and this is vintage Pete. In matters of law and lives, the government draws the line: that’s called “civilization.” The “fundamental question” in late term abortion is how society balances the competing interests of two parties. “I trust women to draw the line when it’s their own health” is a deceitful and offensive statement, ducking the issue and muddying vital considerations. No one, and no law, denies a woman the right to place her own survival over that of her unborn child. The question of balancing interests only comes into play when the mother’s “health” involves lesser factors that might reasonably be considered subordinate to another human life. “I trust women” is just flag-waving: I don’t trust anyone to make a decision involving their personal interests and the competing interests of someone else. Such decision-makers have a conflict of interest; that why we have laws.
Tellingly, Buttigieg tries to escape dealing with substance by dismissing late-term abortions as “hypotheticals.” They aren’t hypothetical, they are real, and they are important because ending a pregnancy when the fetus is viable compels consideration of what abortions involve Extreme pro-abortion activists really hate that. It is hard to pretend the baby isn’t there in late-term abortions, and pretending there is no life being ended is crucial to the “choice” deception.
Buttigieg—God, he’s awful—demonstrates his ethics void by trying to argue away 6,000 killings of viable fetuses by shrugging them off as “only” 1%. Society should be concerned with a single unjust killing and usually is: what percentage of unarmed subjects of an arrest die under the knee of a police officer? Would Buttigieg’s supporters be satisfied if he said, “Well, come on, that was what happened in just .0000001% of arrests!” I suspect not. Buttigieg and his party are demanding sweeping changes to Second Amendment rights, but the percentage of gun-related homicides in the US to all deaths is a lot less than 1%.
Then he has the gall to play the Golden Rule card: “Imagine yourself in the shoes of the woman,” he says. Why don’t you imagine yourself in the “shoes” of the third trimester fetus, Pete? You were in those shoes, after all, and you were permitted to see daylight. Your life was on the line, but you had no power over your fate. That’s exactly the kind of situation where laws are required. Buttigieg, however, thinks he can avoid confronting that reality by emphasizing the dilemma of a near-mother who has already purchased a crib. That’s not “acceptable.” That’s offensive.
Then he concludes with pious gibberish: the decision isn’t going to be any “better” because the government makes it. That could be said about any law and any wrongful conduct, and it would be just as wrong. Society sets standards, balances interests, and makes decisions about what is in the best interests of the public and the culture. Government is the means by which those crucial decisions are executed.
The fact that otherwise intelligent progressives accept such atrocious arguments as Buttigieg’s as persuasive demonstrates how thoroughly the abortion obsession has corrupted the ethical standards and reasoning ability of the Left. In a 2020 Advocate article recalling the Buttigieg-Wallace exchange, the writer states that “Mayor Pete Buttigieg absolutely destroyed Chris Wallace” with his “perfect” answer.
If that’s the best that abortion advocates can do, and it appears to be, this shouldn’t be such a difficult issue to resolve.