WASHINGTON – Driving along Colorado’s scenic byways, one might be distracted these days by a series of billboards promoting safe abortions or, depending upon one’s route, alternatives to abortion, as well as assorted child-rearing recommendations.
They make one wistful for the old crazy preacher shouting the Gospel from an overturned fruit crate.
If abortion was once a quiet matter involving women and their doctors, it is no more. Thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation in several states, notably Alabama, as well as laws elsewhere relaxing standards for late-term terminations, the American landscape may soon resemble a political campaign of dueling candidates.
Family vacations, meanwhile, may impose uncomfortable conversations with the kids. “Mom, what’s an abortion?” I remember once trying to answer this question for a young child. He burst into tears before I could find better words to make this thing not a nightmare. Children have a way of informing adults, don’t they?