A Note on Cognitive Dissonance and discussions about abortion

By Clinton Wilcox Editor’s note. This appeared at Secular Pro-life and is reprinted with permission. Cognitive dissonance is a term that I often see misused, especially as I read (and engage in) online discussions. Cognitive dissonance is defined as “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, …

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Embracing cognitive dissonance?

  Editor’s note. This first appeared at blog.secularprolife.org. The abortion rights movement has long struggled with a fundamental problem of cognitive dissonance. Most “pro-choice” people are nice, well-meaning folks; they certainly don’t view themselves as the sort of people who would condone violence against helpless human beings. But abortion always requires the violent destruction and …

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Cognitive dissonance and prenatal testing

  By Dave Andrusko We’ve written about the cognitive dissonance that can (alas, it often doesn’t) accompany a pro-abortion feminist’s failure to condemn sex-selection abortions—babies killed for one reason and one reason only: they are girls. But gendercide is not the only example of where people condone abortions when their own situation ought to scream …

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