Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 

Abortion - A Product of Its Times (The Harvard Crimson: Opinion)

It seems that those who are most passionate about abortion have lost sight of the forces that drive women to such extremes, for all of their moral posturing and muddled rhetoric ignores a key aspect of human nature: Even the most well-intentioned ethical conviction will always be bested by human necessity. This is inevitable - it's hardwired into our genes.

In 1859 Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," (Amazon UK | US) almost single-handedly creating the foundation of modern evolutionary theory. His key insight was that populations competing for limited resources change over successive generations through the mechanism of natural selection. Individuals have a vested interest in self-preservation and procreation; those with favorable traits are more likely to survive and reproduce than those with unfavorable ones. But Darwin's theory is no less applicable now than it was more than a century ago - specifically, we can use his ideas to gain insight into why women opt for abortion, and why the choice to abort can in fact sometimes, though not always, be the more ethical and humane decision.
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Opinion from "The Harvard Crimson, the nation's oldest continuously published daily college newspaper, was founded in 1873 and incorporated in 1967." [Evolution News, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA]

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