I reread this particular chapter in one of my favorite religion/philospohy books, God Vs. The Bible, about deism. I was thinking about this chapter today because I know there’s a pro-embryo day of silence going on at the moment.
Why do I say “pro-embryo”? Most pregnancies are aborted early on, when the baby isn’t even classified as a “fetus”, much less a sentient human being deserving more consideration than the parent.
Why be pro-choice? (Pro-choice doesn’t mean you have to like abortion – I find it distasteful, but sometimes necessary.) Well, a lot of choicers and lifers (hereafter referred to as “C” and “L” to save my fingers some typing) alike will bring up the subject of rape/incest abortions. The C side will ask, “So how on earth do you defend the pro-life angle when 12-year-old girls are being raped and impregnated?” The L side, of course, has the standard reply, “The rape is the first assault on the girl, the abortion is the second!”
It’s not. Medical abortions can be as simple as taking a pill or getting a shot. However, if you remove the legality of a medical abortion, rates of abortion stay relatively the same (you can thank Wikipedia for that tidbit of knowledge!). How many hysterical little girls would YOU force to choose between a coathanger abortion or a painful childbirth, in which she could die?
I’m sorry for the morbidity, but I can’t think of a way to say it any lighter or politer. Little girls are molested and impregnated. I would give pretty much anything to be able to stop it, but as it is, it happens. And because it happens, abortions wil remain necessary.
And then there’s the rest of abortions. The women who knowingly, willingly, legally, had sex and are now looking for a way out.
I do not look fondly on those women, frankly. Sorry if you don’t like that, but it’s true. I think abortion is a cowardly out for someone who knew exactly what she was doing.
However, again, abortion rates stay relatively constant no matter the legality of said action; the only thing that changes is the death rate of women attempting an abortion. (70,000 a year, I think the stat was… again, Wikipedia. If I’m wrong, let me know.)
So abortion is disgusting, somewhat sad, but a necessary evil in almost any culture.
These are my thoughts – what are yours?