“This Orgy of Non-Killing”
An old friend of mine, very prominent in his field, was the subject of some scandal here in Manhattan. At an otherwise fashionable dinner party, he ventured two objectionable opinions: (1) that there are too many abortions in America, and (2) that abortion is a serious moral issue that is too often treated in a frivolous way. As it happens, my friend is prochoice, but this was not enough to save him from his reputation-wrecking gaffe. Tongues wagged and gossip flew along phone lines. His own wife didn’t speak to him for three days.