Day: October 2, 2012

The most phenomenal thing you will read all week

I know it’s only Tuesday, but I feel fairly safe saying it’s this. The piece is about support groups for children whose parents have cancer. But the truths that Mary Elizabeth Williams extracts are profound. That culturally, we fear death, when really there’s power in acknowledging it. That for all of us, but especially for children, in situations that are socially cast as tragic or abnormal, there is power in a community of your peers — even if the very fact of that community means there will be pain and loss. That as MEW writes, in a way that universalizes the lessons she and her girls have learned:

Safe and legal. And rare.

Given the choice between needing and not needing minimally invasive medical procedures, most people would rather not need them. But abortion is the only such procedure where the solution offered is to outlaw the procedure entirely. You don’t hear a lot of arguments that angioplasty should only be available for patients with congenital defects, because everyone else “got themselves into that position and now has to deal with the consequences.” (God has a plan.) Safe, legal, rare angioplasty is seldom up for debate. But to the anti-choicers, abortion is both the symptom and the disease.