Hundreds of anti-abortion protesters lined blocks along a four-lane thoroughfare called Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona, enduring the suck of whooshing cars and blistering late June desert heat to advocate for their cause – effectively, theocracy in America.
Rising temperatures promised a sweaty, nauseous apex of 104F for the protest in front of Camelback Family Planning and abortion clinic. Their ranks were defined by gruesome and bloody signs, some taller than the protesters who held them, a microphone and an amplifier.
“This is a slaughterhouse!” a man’s voice growled. Some protesters leaned into car windows going into the clinic parking lot. “This is unnatural for a mother to do this to a child!” one cried.
Being opposed to abortion may or may not be wrong – leave that aside for a moment – but it’s also not theocracy.
It’s entirely possible to construct humanist, atheist, agnostic and so on arguments against the practice. Heck, we could use Rawls – do you get to pierce the veil of ignorance at all and which society would you choose if there were societies in which you could and you couldn’t?