Richard H. Escobales Jr. writes in the New York Times today that “Even if one had no regard for the human life of the fetus wantonly destroyed in abortion, Roe has set a dangerous and destructive precedent.”
The Oxford Modern English Dictionary defines “wanton” as:
1 licentious; lewd; sexually promiscuous
2 capricious; random; arbitrary; motiveless
So what does Mr. Escobales have in mind? That doctors performing abortions get stiffies as they do it? Or that doctors just randomly walk up to women, anesthetize them, slice them up and remove their embryos randomly, for no reason at all?
No one (unless there’s a kink out there I haven’t heard of) has a lusty and lewd attitude toward abortion. Abortions are performed for reasons. Anyone who wants to understand the social issue abortion needs to confront the existence of those reasons.