Betty Duffy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Explaining Abortion to Kids

Sally has a great post up on what she told her children when they asked for an explanation of "Abortion Rights."


Peter and Nancy said...

I just had this conversation with my oldest, who is 10 -- and I remember being horrified myself when I found out what abortion was. I'd be interested to know how pro-abortion people explain it to their children -- I'm assuming that there must be some way they cushion reality so that their kids aren't reeling in shock and disbelief like my son was.

Anonymous said...

I had this conversation with my daughter when she was 7 yrs old. What I found interesting was that there is no doublespeak when you explain abortion to a 7 yr old. No euphemisms about a clump of cells or the rights of the mother. A 7 yr old will call a spade a spade and make it clear that this is a completely black and white issue. An abortion is a mother killing her baby before the baby is born. A 7 yr old can understand this so clearly.

Sally Thomas said...

Anon -- exactly. And though over the years I'd become more predisposed to a real, active pro-life position, it was the revelation of this conversation which tipped me over the line.

Some years ago, before our conversion to Catholicism, we were part of a secular, "inclusive" homeschooling group which, about the time we were fading out of it, was planning a sex-ed class for the group's teenagers. There was a whole laundry list of topics to discuss "open-mindedly" -- sexual orientation, contraceptives, and abortion. By that point my own position was very firmly "No, thanks," but now it occurs to me to wonder how, exactly, they explained the last of that list. Of course, these were teenagers, and they'd been hearing a particular line for years, which goes to show you that "homeschooling indoctrination" comes in more than one flavor. Anyway, I think teenagers are more inclined to buy into rhetorical poses, of whatever kind, than younger children are.

Thanks for the link, BD!