Sunday, May 27, 2007

'Never In a Million Years,' We Said ...

One of the more remarkable phenomena of the past 30 years has been what I call the “moving goalpost of the unthinkable.” Some of us are old enough to remember when the embrace of contraception would never — not in a million years — lead to the embrace of abortion. We also remember when, after Roe v. Wade, the embrace of abortion would never — not in a million years — lead to legal euthanasia. And of course, we all remember when the embrace of euthanasia would not lead to snuff television such as the 60 Minutes broadcast of one of Jack Kevorkian’s murders — until it did.