Huffington Post Editor Howard Fineman Compares Abortion to Slavery
It would probably be best if political pundits removed slavery and Nazism from their vocabulary, considering comparisons to either only serves to inflame the electorate. But such comparisons do make news, and that’s really what it’s all about. The latest media pundit to jump into the fray is the Huffington Post‘s Howard Fineman, who compared the abortion debate to the Civil War debate over slavery.
“I was on the floor of the convention halls at both conventions – the loudest single applause line of any at both conventions on a singular topic was on abortion,” said Fineman in an interview. “Republicans, pro-life. Democrats, pro-choice. That is a bright line, a divisive line, that is every bit as deep and as emotional as the issue of slavery was 150 years ago.”
Fineman made the comments while being interviewed about his recent column, entitled Our Slow Motion Civil War, in which he writes:
But beyond race, even more central today is the divisive argument over the “traditional” family’s role in society and in the genetic destiny of humanity itself. That battle, in turn, is tied to one between science and faith over public policy. Decibel levels prove the point. The abortion issue elicited the loudest cheers in both Tampa and Charlotte alike.
Fineman may be right in that the battle lines between progressives and conservatives are already drawn. Conservatives believe in the sort of traditionalism of the 1950′s, a period during which most minorities were marginalized, whereas progressives believe in change that encompasses a woman’s right to choose, gay rights, affirmative action, and a path to citizenship for immigrants.
Still, it seems that there is little valid comparison between the debate over abortion and slavery. It gets people talking, but fails to really get them to thinking. What do you think? Is abortion akin to slavery?
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