The older I become, the more abortion bothers me. I used to be vaguely pro-choice, though not terribly concerned about the matter. But the birth of my son really changed my view on it.
Obama once said that he didn’t want his daughter “punished with a baby.” Why is a baby a punishment? Certainly, they are a lot of work, and can cost a lot of money. But people are fond of saying that family and friends are more important than money, right? Certainly your own offspring ought to be, also.
My son is a lot of work, and especially so for my wife right now. He is only 15 months old, and so he is firmly rooted in his “I want mommy” stage. But, nonetheless, he has made our home a happier place, not a more miserable one. When he sees something for the first time, it is with wonder, even if it may be the most mundane thing in the world.
Peter Singer is reputed to have said the following, back in the 70s:
“human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons … [therefore] the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”
I dispute this. But there is more. Some suggest that a child is not fully human until 4 or 5 years of age, and it would be ethically permissible to kill them at that age. Now, this is an extremist view, and is not particularly common even among the Pro-Choice crowd. Nonetheless, it goes against my own experience. I have fragmentary memories from before 2 years of age. And by 3, I have very fully-formed memories. I was reading, writing, and thinking for myself to a great extent. The point is, I was a thinking human being at least as far back as my second year of life, perhaps further.
My son is a very inquisitive child. He has an engineer’s mindset, that much is apparent already. He is very good at figuring things out, taking things apart, and making sense of how they work. By the time he could crawl, he had discovered that remote controls worked on the TV. Ever since, he has had a habit of trying to steal them so he can change the channel (something that amuses him greatly).
Before he was even 9 months old, he would point at the back door and yell something rather incoherent, but which we knew was him trying to imitate us telling the dog to go outside. He would look at the dog when he did this, so it was clear he understood what pointing meant, what the back door was for, and that the dog was clearly supposed to go through it when commanded to do so.
He is a thinking human being.
I can’t give you a fixed timestamp for when this occurs, but I do know that the Pro-Choicers are wrong in how they view children, babies, and even fetuses. They see a burden where I see a joy. They see something to fear, when I see one of the few good things the world has to offer.
They see a clump of cells where I see a human.
Happy that he has his toys.
But definitely doesn’t want me to “redistribute” the toys to someone else.
How can anyone say he is not a human being?
Posted as a comment over at Liberty’s Torch on the Planned Parenthood scandal, but I felt it needed to live here, as well, in case my earlier posts on the matter were not clear enough.
This is why I am of the “burn it down” philosophy, at this point. In fact, I’d have already left this country if there were any place on this Earth that was actually any less degenerate.
Say what you will of the denizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, but at least they didn’t do this, so far as we know.
I don’t know, Francis. But the older I get, the more I think there’s just no coming back from this. This is as bad as the Holocaust, and people are actually arguing like this is a topic for debate. Like, break out the coffee and tea and have a pleasant discussion about Planned Parenthood.
The hell they say.
You don’t debate mass murder. You stop it.
Update: Some folks were wondering if I proposed using government to ban the practice of abortion. I’m not proposing that at all. I don’t trust the government to do much of anything these days. If change is going to come with regards to abortion, it will have to be cultural change. Else, the Left will be entirely correct in one point: banning the practice will only move it to the back alleys. It will be another Drug War (also a colossal failure), a never-ending source of animosity and police-state infringement on the Constitution. Nonetheless, abortion is an abomination and must be stopped. That leaves us with cultural change as the only effective means of putting a stop to it.
Abortion, like so many Leftist pet topics, contains a kernel of uncertainty, such that their position can seem less evil than it is. I’d like to clear this up for my fellow fence-sitters. This is why the Leftists always seem to revert to “what about cases of rape or danger to the mother?” Well, naturally, such cases are moral minefields in which a clean moral stance is difficult. Reasonable folks can be swayed here as, indeed, I was.
But this is the 0.1% case. If a tiny fraction of cases might be thought of as exceptions (I don’t say they are, only that they might be), then the Left grabs onto the excuse and uses it to justify slaughter on an immense scale. What becomes a situation of moral triage now becomes pure evil. And now, they go further and profit from the slaughter. Then, once they conquered this position, any attack on it is defended with “oh that’s a war on women.” Full stop. Somehow, they have simultaneously occupied the moral high ground while executing the most immoral campaign imaginable.
The level of cognitive dissonance is staggering to contemplate. I know my fellows of Libertarian instinct are similarly confused by the issue. To resolve it, I would ask them to answer a more simplistic question. If a person killed puppies, while in their mother’s body or while being birthed, and then sold the puppy parts to Big Pharma, would they approve of the deed?
If the answer is, as I suspect most Libertarian folk would agree, that such a practice is abhorrent, then how could one tolerate such treatment of humans? Some might suggest that the mother has a choice in the matter, and this is true. But the father does not, nor does the child, and we must, as a moral imperative, consider the human life as greater than that of the canine, no matter how much we may love our pets. Furthermore, every woman I know personally who has had an abortion regrets it and wishes they could take the choice back. I cannot imagine contemplating how some of them feel now, knowing the fetus could have been sold for profit.
Leftists will chain themselves to trees, naked, in order to save them, but sell the body parts of children to Big Pharma, or use them as fuel to fire their boilers. Their priorities are a complete inversion of rational thought. They are, quite literally, as irrational as they can possibly be.
I know there are still good people out there who consider themselves to be pro-choice. And I will be happy to debate them on this issue, having once been moderately pro-choice myself. But I can attest, personally, that I was fooled as, indeed, I suspect many Americans are.
Those who are not fooled, and who conduct this campaign for profit, are beyond the pale.