Moderation has long been thought a positive approach to many things in life, but it is only good in certain aspects of life. I think that we all agree that moderation should not be practiced in literally all things.
When it comes to outward behavior that is not, in and of itself, immoral, moderation is usually the best policy. We have to eat to live, but the Bible classifies gluttony as a sin. I don’t find a total prohibition of drinking alcohol in the Bible, but there is a prohibition against getting drunk.
When it comes to moral or immoral behavior, however, moderation is a bad thing. One should not steal moderately or murder moderately; one should simply not do either of those things at all. One should not love one’s family moderately or respect the rights of other people moderately; one should do those things as freely and fully as possible.
People claim that you can be moderate on the question of abortion. Some of them say that they want to reduce the number of abortions while still allowing women the supposed right to choose. That’s a strange position. Why should you want to reduce the number of abortions, unless you realize that abortion is bad? And if you realize that abortion is bad, then why don’t you want to eliminate the practice altogether?
In what other arena do we say that something is wrong but should still be legal? Do you hear anyone saying that we should reduce the number of murders or thefts but still allow people the right to choose to murder or to steal? Do you hear people saying that they are “personally against” rape or fraud but support the rights of people to commit those acts if they so choose?
If you want a moderate position on abortion, consider the approach that most conservatives take. They are willing to exempt rape and incest victims, if it would mean that abortions for convenience would be banned. Some are willing to accept, temporarily at least, abortions in the first trimester, if it would mean that partial-birth abortion and other late-term abortions would be banned. Over and over, conservatives have been willing to accept a reduction in the number of abortions, but liberals insist on allowing women to choose to abort their babies for any reason at any time in their pregnancy. If you challenge that assertion, tell me what legislation Democrats, as a group, have favored that would actually reduce the number of abortions, as many of them have said they want to do?
Is the “liberal” position on abortion a moderate approach? No, it is an extreme approach–and an extremely wrong one.
Nobody has the right to do what is wrong.