Updated: Sullivan has published one post with a compilation of links to all the posts here, which will make it easier to read them all if you want.
Before he read all those testimonials, Sully was firmly opposed to all late-term abortions. Hearing all those women's stories has him rethinking his position. I am just so moved by all this, and it gives me hope, even in the midst of this terrible moment in the abortion debate.
I never stop being amazed at what happens when people stop lobbing bombs at one another (both literal and metaphorical bombs) and actually start talking and listening to one another. I don't mean to be naive: I know that really talking, and really listening, is not enough to change the world, but it seems to me that it is necessary, if not sufficient. And I don't mean just talking and listening when it's easy; I mean talking and listening when it's really really hard -- being willing to tell your story even when it makes you terribly vulnerable, and having a mind and heart open to being changed by what you hear in turn. I'm enormously frustrated by how infrequently we let ourselves do that in this polarized culture. I know for me, sentimentality and ideology are a lethal combination that shuts down dialogue. That's why I'm a recovering bleeding heart: I'm pretty sure there's no cure for my tender heart and my passionate sense of justice, and truth be told, I'm not looking for a cure. But I sure am willing to talk and open to persuasion.