Yeah, Life Begins at Conception —So What?
Mary Elizabeth Williams says that not all life is equal
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 23, 2013 1:00 PM CST
This moment doesn't mean a whole lot, Mary Elizabeth Williams argues.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's time abortion rights supporters stopped dancing around it: Life begins at conception, argues Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon. "Throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me," she writes. "And that doesn’t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice." Indeed, Planned Parenthood now eschews the pro-choice/pro-life terminology altogether, and Williams thinks that's a "long overdue" move; it only strengthens abortion opponents when "we squirm so uncomfortably at the ways in which they’ve repeatedly appropriated the concept of 'life.'"

"We wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand—first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term," as if "there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person." The uncomfortable truth is this: "All life is not equal," Williams writes. We make decisions about life all the time, from war to the death penalty to care for the terminally ill. "A fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss." Click for Williams' full column.

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Feb 2, 2013 12:42 AM CST
I believe women do have a choice.They have the choice to use all manner of contraceptives if they choose to be sexually active, or not to spread their legs in the first place. But if pregnancy does occur, the fetus should have the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness too. And with so many fruitless couples looking to adopt, I simply do not know why abortion should be an option. Infanticide should not be a "choice."
Jan 24, 2013 8:29 AM CST
This is the first time any of Slate's retrograde fake-feminists has said anything remotely intelligent.
Jan 23, 2013 8:57 PM CST
My older son is retarded. Some warm-fuzzy choice of words will never change that fact. My wife and I would never have chosen to take his life; this is not the case in some former times. Did those parents feel that they should have control over their own lives? This is patently deluded. Any feeling of power is seen for what it is- egotistic delusion- in the harsh light of cancer, and drunk drivers, and mensus, among many. In our narcisistic culture, we do all that we can to avoid truth, whether in our words or our politics. The simple question is, "Do we value life?" If the answer is,"Yes!," we cannot ignore the value of the "least" life as highly as our own. My son is a gift to all who know him. I cannot help but believe that there is a special place in hell for those who would value any life beneath their own.