People have argued on this blog that it is ridiculous to call abortion a case of genocide. Read this and explain to me how it still isn’t.
The case against abortion rightly focuses on the harm to the unborn. But what does the abortion culture do to us?
It desensitizes us. I hardly need illustrate this point. A comedienne recently downright celebrated abortion via patriotic parody on Netflix. Basically nice people put on vagina hats, put vagina hats on their minor female kids, march them along to protest in the streets, join the tribe, then go back to work and school and friendly society sure of their moral superiority while nurturing a constant state of rage against their family and friends who believe that life is a right belonging to all human beings.
It dehumanizes us. We keep our human status, but we lose the context for what it is to be human. We lose the criteria for deciding what being human is. We lose that because we trash it. We must, if we decide to create castes in which some humans are human and some are not. If personhood must be relative, then we will end by re-evaluating all persons, according to what scale I try not to imagine.
When we throw in with abortion culture and accept it as necessary, we turn ourselves into rank elitists.
Elitists because we have decided that we have the right to declare who is human and who is not, who is a person and who is not, who is “viable” and who is not. Viability is an arbitrary and ever-shifting goalpost if there ever was one. And if the doctor was incorrect about viability, he will often impose non-viability without prejudice. We decide who lives or dies.
Abortion culture makes us children.
When we grow up, we learn that things we didn’t plan for often happen. Sometimes we should have forseen the consequences of our actions, and sometimes unforseen things present themselves regardless of our actions. Whichever the case, we must meet life’s challenges, take responsibility, and make the best outcome we can, though perhaps no possible outcome is what we would have chosen. Life isn’t perfect.
The abortion culture has taught us that if we face a challenge that we find too great, or even too inconvenient, there is a panacea which will take our circumstances right back to where they were before that interruption. No consequences are tolerated and if there are consequences we must be victims of an oppressor. Blame must be assigned. We have learned to expect life to clear itself up so we can get back to our comfort. It’s a childish perspective. The abortion culture infantalizes women and men.
Abortion culture relativizes killing. Is this killing? Some say no. Is this kind of killing justified? How can I make this killing OK? It’s a bad place to find ourselves.
A culture which endorses abortion is destroying itself. Proverbs 8:36 declares that there are many who love death: Those who hate me love death. That culture has put death on the menu. It has made death one essential option. And once we approve of death as a tool, an instrument of expedience, a means to an end, we cannot put it away. We give death a kind of life and it may have its way with us.
Frederica Matthews-Green here makes many points that I have been making for some time, and some I haven’t seen elsewhere.
I’ve been on twitter today, commenting a lot, which is unusual. I have got myself in a “conversation”, if we can call a conversation a back-and-forth where you cannot see the comment before the last one and you don’t know what you’re responding to sometimes. Twitter isn’t designed for conversations but for gotchas.
Lila Rose tweeted about the poor baby that a celebrity male couple have adopted through surrogacy, and commented that she felt sympathy for the loss this child has already experienced. At one point I added,”Adopting a child who has lost parents is a noble act. Creating a child to be separated from its parents is the opposite of noble. Both types of children have suffered tragic losses but we should not inflict them.”
Oh my goodness. Among the usual suspects of replies one should expect in response to such playbook issues, I also received replies which asserted the following:
The child is part of the mother’s body and she can do what she wants with it
After the child is born, she can still do what she wants with her property
A woman can donate her baby just as she can donate an organ
The baby is dependent on the mother’s body so yes it it her body
Until we have Brave New a World babies which are not dependent on the woman, women can do whatever the f they want with their babies
A baby is part of her body yes it is all science says so
I argued that neither children nor fetuses are possessions, nor slaves, but to no avail. I’m scared.
There is a case to be made that all Americans have been enslaved since 1973, most of us unwillingly, to the Institution of Abortion; and that we may now have hope for freedom.
Like Pilgrim, we have sorrowfully carried this burden, unwillingly complicit. What joy it will be if we become free of it.
“I am sick and tired of being told that without the right to kill, and without the right to take a human life, I am somehow not equal.”
This young woman in Ireland is making substantive point after point. Today, Ireland will vote on whether to allow the abortion plague into their culture. Please pray for the righteous outcome.
Cecile Richards has told us: “Women are not free without abortion.”
Compare and contrast.
”We refuse to accept the idea that our safety as women is reliant on the dehumanization of other people.”
Tweet from the Women’s March, May 23, 2018