The Catholic Church’s obsession with abortion, coupled with its willingness to cover up grand-scale child abuse, may be one of the most egregious examples of the way so many institutions and individuals fetishize the idea of children for specific ideological purposes. No decision that was made about the real health of real, breathing individual children could ever be made this way, where aborting a single 11-week-old fetus is an unforgivable crime, even in a case where four living children stand to benefit from continuing to have a living mother, while violating the safety, privacy, and dignity of tens of thousands of children in the United States alone is forgiven effortlessly.
But when the idea or concept of “child” replaces the real children, all bets are off. You can be pro- or anti-abortion, pro- or anti-gender essentialism, pro- or anti-public school, pro- or anti-vaccination… The list is endless. Any time you hear someone say “It’s about the children,” start looking for someone who’s grinding an axe rather than treating children as people."