Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus and the Morality of the Ruling Class

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The subtext of Marcus’s piece is that children are not gifts from God — that parents have a duty to respect regardless of their feelings — but property they can keep or destroy as they see fit. Woe to the child that is deemed “unwanted.” As defective as older parental cultures might have been, at least they didn’t involve that level of hubris and domination. In cases of hardship, those cultures turned to adoption, not abortion. Now adoption isn’t even mentioned and only the feelings of parents matter.