Liberals believe in offing babies left and right before they’re born,* but after they’re born, no one defends the babies right to life more staunchly. They treat infanticide at least as harshly as traffic violations, and perhaps even with all the rigor and severity of a Class C misdeamenor.
The human mind, it turns out, isn’t very good at making fine distinctions. The human mind is even worse at making nonsensical distinctions, such as the “distinction” between a helpless human infant in the womb and a helpless human infant out of it.
I don’t have access to a detailed breakdown of Canadian abortion figures, but their abortion license is in many ways even more liberal than the United States. So it is reasonable that about 10% of their abortions are late-term abortions, just as here. In other words, Canada smiles on killing about 10,000 recognizably human infants a year. What’s one more baby and a few more weeks really matter?
I have long argued that the Church does not explicitly permit abortions of any kind. While the vast category of abortions are explicitly prohibited, there are certain categories where the Church has not taken a general stance and directs the family to seek revelation in conjunction with their bishop. If you interpret this direction to seek guidance as a statement that abortion is necessarily morally permissible under those circumstances, you believe that killing a baby a day or two before birth is OK, while killing it afterwards ain’t. Which is manifest nonsense.**
Too many people approach the abortion issue from the starting point that the poor little women mustn’t be made to feel bad. A better starting point would the bedrock conviction that infanticide is a millstone offense.
*Well, mostly left, as it turns out, since African-American babies are disproportionately likely to be offed.
**However, Mormonism offers one of the very few ways of stopping the slippery-slope slide from late-term abortion to infanticide.