“…Abortion can be another word for mercy.”
—Actress Anne Hathaway, revealing her ethical deficits and intellectual limitations while appearing on “The View”
Oh, hell. I’ve always liked Ann Hathaway. Now I have to continue liking her despite knowing she’s a brain-dead, self-awareness-lacking, ethics dummy.
Just so I’m not accused of misrepresenting Hathaway’s moronic and offensive claim, here is her full sentence:
“[In] my own personal experience with abortion and I don’t think we talk about this enough, abortion can be another word for mercy. We don’t know. We don’t know. We know that no two pregnancies are alike, and it follows that no two lives are alike, it follows that no two conceptions are alike. So how can we have a law, how can we have a point of view on this that says we must treat everything the same?”
Someone can only make such an absurd statement by refusing to acknowledge what an abortion is, and that two lives are involved, not just one. If she were arguing for abortion when a fetus is hopelessly deformed or certain to have devastating maladies, that’s a legitimate ethical debate to have. Abortion then might be described as merciful. (But some advocate aborting Down Syndrome babies as similarly “merciful.”) Hathaway wasn’t considering the unborn at all, however. In her warped (but too common) view, it is mercy for the mother to allow her kill the child for her own benefit.
If she were saying something this outrageous anywhere but among the den of fools that populate “The View,” someone might have challenged her by asking, “How is killing an unborn human fetus merciful to that fetus? Wouldn’t genuine mercy be giving the unborn child a chance at life?”
Of course, nobody said that, and I pronounce the failure as public discourse malpractice. Hathaway, meanwhile, went on to say something almost as dumb later. “And by the way, this is not a moral conversation about abortion,” the actress said. “This is a practical conversation about women’s rights, and by the way human rights, because women’s rights are human rights.”
Well sure, if you ignore the ethical and moral issues in abortion, the topic is easy. The question that intelligent and fair abortion debaters must wrestle with is whether it can be morally and ethically acceptable to give anyone, mother or not, a right to end the life of another human being.
Hathaway’s callous, ignorant and unethical quote should be a rallying cry for the anti-abortion movement. It is signature significance.
Pointer: Steve Witherspoon