Over at the Acton Institute PowerBlog, Hunter Baker and I have been discussing some of the recent religious efforts to influence the course of the debate over the federal debt crisis, including the "What Would Jesus Cut?" campaign and the related issue of "A Call for Intergenerational Justice: A Christian Proposal on the American Debt Crisis."

In a post today, I make an argument that might be of particular interest to Mere Comments readers. In the context of the concept of intergenerational justice, I inquire how we can even begin to talk about the duties and responsibilities to the next generation without defining the basic rights of that generation, fundamental of which is the right to life.

I ask: "How can a call for intergenerational justice in particular, or social justice more broadly, have any plausibility without addressing the fundamental social problem of abortion?"