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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, May 12, 2023
David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America and, most recently, Three Sexual Revolutions: Catholic, Protestant, Atheist.
You can draw a straight line from the beginning of the sexual revolution to that weird phenomenon, transgenderism, and to that even weirder subsection of transgenderism, “non-binary”-ism. The later developments in this insane course followed from the earlier with an inevitability resembling the system of Euclidean geometry.
Of course “love” soon became a euphemism for a variety of sexual intimacy that was more lustful than loving; and the revolution quickly spread off-campus; and not everybody took the trouble to use contraception; and before long America saw an epidemic of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and births. Not many years passed before unmarried parenthood and fatherless children became common features of the American scene.
Quite logically, this led to a new “appreciation” of the merits of abortion. Hitherto abortion had usually been seen as an unmitigated evil, a kind of homicide. Now it came to be seen as a necessary evil. After all, how could Americans have a moral regime of sexual freedom if they didn’t have abortion as a back-up when mistakes were made? …