Take care.

In honor of President’s Day, here’s an argument from Abraham Lincoln against slavery with clear applicability to the abortion debate:

You say “A” is white and “B” is black.  It is color, then: the lighter having the right to enslave the darker?  Take care.  By this rule, you are a slave to the first man you meet with a fairer skin than you own.

You do not mean color exactly – You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks, and therefore have the right to enslave them?  Take care again: By this rule you are to be a slave to the first man you meet with an intellect superior to your own.

But you say it is a question of interest, and, if you can make it your interest, you have the right to enslave another.  Very well.  And if he can make it his interest, he has the right to enslave you.

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 (Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 222.

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