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Thank you to both of you, Ms. Kissling and Ms. Tippett, for your humane and illuminating discussion of the tenacity and vehemence of the abortion issue.
In my view a major reason for tenacity, persistence and vehemence of the abortion debate lies in our dogged unwillingness to confront the moral fact that death is no longer an event in life, something that happens. As a result of technology, death is now, and has been for sometime, a decision, but an event.
I published some reflections on this issue that listeners and readers might find interesting in the Sept. 2008 issue of the journal Bioethics, with the following ABSTRACT:
By concentrating on abortion, the culture wars have avoided facing a crisis about the end of life. This paper explores four themes: (1) the technological transformation of birth and death into matters of decision, not matters of fact; (2) abortion as the nexus of Eros (sex) with Thanatos (death); (3) the real crisis, conveniently masked by our obsession with sex, looming at the end of life, not at its beginning; (4) the surplus-repression that protects us from assuming responsibility for choosing between life and death.
Full bibliographic refernce:
Evans, J. Beyond abortion: the looming battle over death in the ‛culture wars’. Bioethics: the Journal of the International Association of Bioethics, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. (Sep. 2008) 22(7):379-387.