The Right’s Abortion / Climate Change Dilemma

It’s obvious that the debate over climate change is pretty much divided along party lines, as it is with abortion.  The heart of these debates  seem to have more to do with sociological differences and not scientific ones.   Both sides are taking moral stands.

The most compelling of the arguments against abortion goes something like this:  “No one can say precisely when life begins so to end  a pregnancy, no matter how early, is at the very least potentially destroying the life of a human being and the future generations that may follow”.  Many religious people will go even farther and claim that all contraception does this.

So why don’t these same arguments apply to man-made climate change?  Even if no one knows for sure (in spite of the tremendous body of scientific evidence supporting it) that man is making the Earth warmer, isn’t it just as immoral to dismiss it out of hand as it is to deny possible embryonic humanity?  Isn’t there just as much risk (if not much more) of robbing countless human generations of their potential for life?

It was Rick Perry who summed up the Right’s position on abortion by saying that he would always err on the side of saving lives.  But it seems that for the Right the only lives worth considering are the ones whose potential is closer at hand, not decades in the future.

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  1. #1 by Ric Booth on November 1, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    Interesting. If one insists on erring on the side of life, then it would seem the Christian ethic would demand that to include all life. The same argument would seem to apply to capital punishment. …

    It would seem that since the vast majority of anti-abortion/pro-life proponents scoff at global warming and support capital punishment the “erring on the side of life” argument must be a ruse.

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