Tuesday, October 30, 2007

How Will Future Historians Treat Abortion?

Charles Moore imagines a holocaust museum of the future:

I found myself wondering how abortion will be viewed by museum curators, teachers, historians and moralists 200 years from now.

As the slavery exhibition shows, something that one generation accepts readily enough is often seen as abhorrent by its descendants – so abhorrent, in fact, that people find it almost impossible to understand how it could have been countenanced in a supposedly civilised society.

How could people not see that Africans should not be bought and sold for the convenience of our trade or our domestic life? We reserve particular scorn for those who sought to justify slavery on moral grounds. We look at the moral blindness of the past, and tut-tut, rather complacently.

It is not hard to imagine how a future Museum of London exhibition about abortion could go. It could buy up a 20th-century hospital building as its space, and take visitors round, showing them how, in one ward, staff were trying to save the lives of premature babies while, in the next, they were killing them.

Hat tip to Joe Carter. The comments which follow Moore's article are very reminiscent of the feeble attempts by Antebellum Americans to defend the depravity of slavery.

We are all Germans pretending that we don't know what's going on behind the barbed wire.

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