Dr. Paul Ranalli explains Why I am not an Abortion Doctor:
...I also condemn the personal threats and attacks on them by a radical few whose actions are the antithesis of promoting life and have left a blot on the mainstream pro-life movement. This is a blot that abortion advocates -- and their supporters in much of the media -- have exploited repeatedly to try to silence the reasonable moral arguments against abortion and its unrestrained practise in Canada today....
This is so true. You see this same argument used over and over. Just because some lunatic has tried to kill an abortion doctor does not mean therefore that all pro-lifers are crazy, and that their concerns are invalid.
Dr. Ranalli discusses the possible reasons why so few doctors wish to pursue abortions as a specialty and comes to this conclusion:
...No, the pro-choice movement refuses to confront the main reason doctors do not gravitate to performing abortions: They don't like to kill. Even putting aside "pro-life" doctors, many of those physicians who would nominally sign off as "pro-choice" would prefer that someone else per-form abortions...
...And the procedure is used as a weapon of genocide against female fetuses in a number of ethnic communities in Canada, an especially bitter truth for feminists to swallow...Nobody responded to my challenge to deal with that one in the previous post on abortion.
Ranalli closes with this haunting paragraph which I also thought of when reading Romalis' speech:
...Dr. Romalis closes by recounting the story of a female medical student who came up to him to thank him for performing an abortion on her some years earlier. She said, "If it weren't for you I wouldn't be here now." For balance, I would ask about the many future women doctors who were aborted in the womb. To quote Robert Kennedy: "I dream of things that never were, and ask why not."
This debate will never be settled to everyone's satisfaction. It isn't possible.
But let's at least grant each other the courtesy to be heard, without this constant explosion of hostility and anger.