Moral impulses

She’s out of fashion this year, but routinely-misunderstood Ayn Rand frequently used a line that ought to be tattooed on the inside of everybody’s eyelid: “Contradictions cannot exist. When you encounter one, check your premises.”

I am reminded of that by Alabama’s brand-new abortion law, which makes no exception for rape or incest, and imposes prison penalties of 99-years upon physicians who perform abortions.

So: If a pubescent girl is raped and becomes pregnant, she must carry the baby to term — even if her body isn’t up to the task of incubating a baby, even if doing so condemns both mother and child to a lifetime of poverty. If a sane, decent-minded physician aborts the pregnancy, he can spend the rest of his life in prison.

Only a lunatic could insist upon the contradiction that a sound moral impulse drives so much human waste and destruction.

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