As the moderator here on LoGroNo, I’ve occasionally intervened when people have brought up their views on abortion while discussing topics/issues that appear to have little or nothing to do with abortion. I intervened again this week in the discussion attached to my blog post, Is this bur oak worth saving? As I see it (I could be wrong), since abortion is such polarizing issue, injecting it into other issues brings along some of the same polarizing tendencies and the possibility of an inquiry-based discussion diminishes. (continued)
There’s little hope of a productive discussion if “How can you justify trying to save X (trees, environment, abused animals, AIDS patients, funding for you-name-it, etc etc) but not trying to save the lives of the unborn” gets leveled. There may be logic in that line of reasoning (I’m unsure) but my point is, it’s not helpful to use it except when there’s an agreement among the participants to discuss abortion.
So this blog post is not about abortion but about when, where and how to discuss it here on Locally Grown.