Conservatism and the Moral Calculus of Abortion

by Glenn Fairman   1/1/14

Murdering nascent life is one thing, and perhaps we as a Conservative force cannot fully cauterize this abomination. But we can make it rare. Moreover, we can also make it so that taxpayers will not have to fund this horror from public redistributed funds. The command against murdering the innocent, whom God has wonderfully knit together and Who knows of every hair on their little heads, is not a negotiable item for either economic convenience, sex selection, or because one was either just too stoned or complacent to take responsibility for one’s actions. In an age that has elevated indiscriminate freedom to the status of fetish, can it be doubted that not everything that sprouts from the imagination of blighted mind is morally acceptable or desirable? While in our bedeviled state of moral anomie a republic can no longer aspire to make men good, it can certainly restrain the demons of our baser natures from defiling ourselves, and generations hence, by subsidizing a ponderous chain of wickedness.

Considering the totality of human action through God’s perfect justice – who beholds us through His fiery lens without blemish, just how “draconian” is His judgment on selective abortion of the innocent? Does He consider it a sphere of civil rights or an issue of autonomous liberty? Is selective abortion really a net advantage for population control or a benevolent plume in the cap of feminist liberation from the cruel restrictions of a rigid patriarchal nature? Can a regime that thwarts the sacrosanct integrity of life that we of ourselves have no power to create, and so cavalierly suck into a sink, call heinous human evil committed under color of nihilistic choice a utilitarian addendum to our republican virtues? One expects such byzantine moral-political tap dancing from the compromised Left, who measure all things through the grimy looking glass of statist calculations and expedience. But Social Conservatives and Christians, who comprise perhaps the lion’s share of the total Conservative camp, are subject to a duty higher than materialist economics.

The day will come when America is perhaps a furtive memory—and in the fullness of all things, even the Earth, with its spiritual contagions of sin and wantonness, will pass unto the fire. But what measures we uphold today and what strongholds we smash with the iron rod of transcendent truth and enlightened law will form the substance of our crowns. Conservatism must mean more than conserving money. It falls to us to conserve, in as much as possible, the ineffable illumination of light and life. Having been redeemed from such a great darkness: one that has cast a burial shroud darkening the collective mind of Men, we are commissioned to do no less.
Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be contacted at
Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at

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5 Responses to Conservatism and the Moral Calculus of Abortion

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    My view is simple: we determine death by the absence of brain and heart function, so it seems most reasonable to determine the beginning of human life by their onset during pregnancy, which can be detected. After that, the unborn child should have ts life protected just as any other human life is.

  2. steve lancaster says:

    I agree that abortion is evil in almost every occurrence. The growth of this savage industry dates to the eugenics passion of Progressive era.

    Eugenics is the study of human genetics to cull out, (read improve the race) or limit undesired traits. In the eyes of many popular political leaders of the time this meant limit the growth of the Black population. This unproven theory supported by Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, Margret Sanger, Woodrow Wilson and countless others throughout the country and around the world establishes eugenics as an accepted academic study, supported by government and universities, in states, like California, thousands of men and women would be sterilized at places like Patton State Hospital in Highlands CA, and/or imprisoned without a court order merely on the determination that they were the wrong race, or “simple minded”.

    The modern democrat party embraced eugenics in the 1960’s in the form of the “right to choose” abortion on demand philosophy. By 2000 over 50 million abortions had been performed in the United States primarily among lower classes and poor Blacks. The right to choose became code for modern racists for Negro elimination.

    In America today, almost as many Black children are aborted as are born. A black baby is three times more likely to be murdered in the womb than a white baby. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent. Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined. Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than were been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history

    Slavery was evil, but compared to the abortion industry, slavery was a temporary aberration. It is impossible to consider that the founders would continence abortion on demand as the ultimate expression of human freedom, even the freest thinking, like Jefferson, would recoil in revulsion at the numbers of infants murdered. Jefferson would cite the ancient Spartan concept of infanticide as more compassionate for the new born than death by D & C. Of the 50 million abortions since 1973 at least 35 percent have been for Black women or 15 million dead, a score that would surprise but please even Mengele and Eichmann.

    Thus, by little deaths, the old republic transformed into the modern progressive federal state. On a moral level the concepts of the 10 Commandments and the parallel development of natural law imbedded in the Constitution are in retreat and secular ideas replacing God with the state are the new norm.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m commenting here simply because it’s on-topic. I’m making no comparison to Glenn’s fine essay.

    Read this article by Frederica Mathewes-Green if you aspire to be an essayist: When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense.

    This is clear, this is direct, this is well organized, it tells an overall story, it is neither too personal nor impersonal in tone, it is as long as it needs to be but no longer. And most of all, it was just plain a pleasure to read. As an aside, you can feel the goodness coming through this. There is a genuine person (not “brand”) with great heart behind this article. This is not just more intellectual word salad. This is about as good as it gets for a short-to-medium-length essay.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Wow. She really makes the right points. I read her line comparing a woman wanting an abortion to an animal wanting to gnaw its trapped leg off to Elizabeth, who readily agreed. I also appreciate the point that it’s the people (mostly men) around the woman who want the abortion (interestingly, you may recall this from the original Airplane movie; the man wants it, the woman is reluctant). In that sense, pro-life empowers women.

      As it happens, I was a senior in college when the decision came down, and already a conservative (though heavily influenced by Ayn Rand, whom I had started reading a few months earlier). I’m not sure what I thought of the decision, nor exactly when I seriously began to oppose abortion (though that attitude had developed by 1976, anyway).

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I thought too, Timothy, that her historical calculus was spot-on. Those who are for rabidly killing one out of five fetuses might just one day find themselves on “the wrong side of history.”

        Everyone should have a Rand phase, glean what they can, and then put it into a larger context. The problem comes when people try to make a complete philosophy or religion out of her thoughts. Her thoughts are part of the equation but not the entire equation. This is certainly one reason Libertarians can be so kooky. But simple doctrines that promise all are very appealing.

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