Most people like to believe they are, at least by their own moving target of a moral standard, decent human beings. This is why pro-choice supporters tie themselves into illogical and intellectually dishonest knots by reducing murder to the far less evil matters of choice or reproductive health. While this moral justification is inherently wrong it is at least understandable to a degree.
But, when a person claims they absolutely do not value all lives equally and they would, with an almost pathological enthusiasm, kill a baby they might be stricken with by some random fluke there really aren’t even words.
In any case, there are two factions on the pro-choice side of the abortion debate and here they are. The blatantly honest and evil and the honest with themselves yet, they think, deceptively clever with pro-life rubes.
I have been engaging with a pro-choice advocate on Twitter for the past few days who summed up her (and that of many other’s) entire philosophy regarding the repugnant practice of abortion with just one tweet
“Let’s just force women to carry babies the don’t want no matter how it affects her life/mental state, etc…”
That’s right, whether or not to kill a baby is 100% about the feelings, wants, needs, convenience, and mental well being of the mother. Come on, who even cares if it’s a life or not, no bigs when it’s all about mom and what makes her happy, right? And, when the etc. mentioned is likely weight gain and an impaired ability to party it up and sleep around.
“Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always!”
As if that were not bad enough, Williams goes on to say.
“And I can say anecdotally that I’m a mom who loved the lives she incubated from the moment she peed on those sticks, and is also now well over 40 and in an experimental drug trial. If by some random fluke I learned today I was pregnant, you bet your ass I’d have an abortion. I’d have the World’s Greatest Abortion.”
While I think there is an inherent evil that permeates this entire article, I oddly appreciate the blatant in your face honesty of the author and applaud her for having the guts to stand up and call abortion what it is, murder.
I hope this is a sign of things to come from the pro-choice movement and, based on another Salon article, Talking about abortion in the religious South I think that might be the case, kind of.
“Or so says James Bowley, Ph.D., a professor of religious studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, and a strong advocate for women’s reproductive rights.”
“Change the language,” Bowley told Robin Marty of RH Reality Check. “Talk about it as women’s reproductive rights. Don’t talk about it as abortion rights. It is a much larger picture than that. This is about women — who owns their bodies, who gets to decide these things for them. The terminology matters a great deal in framing the debate and winning the debate. Positive demonstrations like this where people aren’t yelling and screaming. Where people are being civil and engaging each other in civil ways. That can be appreciated in society.”
Although this author doesn’t have an, “I’d have the World’s Greatest Abortion” attitude, she acknowledges the barbaric practice for what it is and suggests, at least when talking to southern religious nut-jobs, a more “holistic” approach by making the discussion all about reproductive health instead of death at the whim of mothers who chose to reduce the value of the life growing inside them to nothing.
Bottom line, abortion is killing a human being that the mother decides does not deserve to live. Abortionists, Planned Parenthood, and pro-choice advocates can have the fortitude to speak the truth or hide behind some, dumbed down for the sake of clueless religious zealots, holistic reproductive health facade. But, in the end, we all know the truth and will all be judged one day by the value we place on the lives of fellow humans inside the womb or out.
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