Life, Death, and Abortion: Quote #2

This second quote comes from a novel that I just finished reading, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (there’s a name for you!). In the novel, the action is intersected with reflections of the retired sheriff who figures in the action to some degree. He is looking back upon his life, and wondering how the world had changed over the years he had sought to protect the citizens of his Texas county. At one point in these ruminations on the decline of culture, he reflects upon being at a conference and sitting next to a highly opinionated woman. Here is his report of the conversation he had with her.

“She kept on, kept on. Finally told me, said: I dont like the way this country is headed. I want my granddaughter to be able to have an abortion. And I said well mam I dont think you got any worries about the way the country is headed. The way I see it goin I dont have much doubt but what she’ll be able to have an abortion. I’m goin to say that not only will she be able to have an abortion, she’ll be able to have you put to sleep. Which pretty much ended the conversation.”

Oh, the stark logic of it.

4 thoughts on “Life, Death, and Abortion: Quote #2

  1. A sinner's 2 cents

    If Guliani wins the republican primary, would you vote for him in the big election? He seems pretty weak on the abortion issue.

  2. Randy Greenwald

    What effect really does presidential politics have on this issue? We’ve had Reagan and two Bushes since Roe and still have abortion. Greater impact comes as people’s minds are changed at ground level — perhaps even through side comments in the occasional novel. Would I vote for Guliani? When the time comes, it will depend upon the choices.

  3. Matthew

    Define “weak” from what I have heard he is pro-choice. But I agree, the change will not come from a president. The deeper issue I might have with Guliani is the fact that he has been married 3 times and his current wife was a live-in girlfriend. I believe this speaks strongly to his moral character, if he is willing to brake a marriage oath can we trust him to lead a country? On the other hand you can not claim that he doesn’t love his country, from what I have heard his actions on and after 9/11 were nothing short of amazing.

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