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The Disposables

There are two kinds of people. There are the people who are born, grow, live their lives, and die. For example me and you.

And there are the other people.

They are disposable. They are optional. They are possibilities that we do not want. They are not born. They are not given the opportunity to grow or live lives. But they do die.

Interesting science factoid: Scientists have yet to discover an intrinsic difference between the disposables and the other people. We have yet to find the difference, at any stage of development pre-birth, between a disposable human being, and you. Interestingly, there does not appear to be a demand for a genetic test to be used during pregnancy to determine whether you are carrying a real child or a disposable one.

Since our laws allow one unborn person of say, thirty weeks gestation to be called a person, nurtured, hoped for and loved; and another unborn person of thirty weeks gestation to be unwanted and extracted from the place of its sustenance in a manner designed to end its life, and discarded as waste (or sorted and sold); the age or developmental status of the person cannot be the determining factor.

“We have some young people in the audience who weren’t even born when Roe [versus Wade] was decided, and this is pretty important,” said Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D).

That was true. There are also those people who weren’t in the audience because they weren’t born.

The recent Democrat candidate for president unflinchingly declared that “unborn persons do not have Constitutional rights.” In theory, that jury is still out. In real life, it is undeniably true.

In 1973, the distinction between the two types of persons was legally recognized.  Since then, we have discovered disposable persons in huge numbers. We ought to be very thankful to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates for managing the enormous disposal issue so creatively.

 

I know what some of you are saying right now. That is not a person!!!!! (redundant punctuation included.) But arguments in support of assigning disposable status are, without exception: arbitrary, self-serving, agendized rationalizations which appeal to ludicrous internet scientism.

But since WordPress comment conversations have taught me the uselessness of arguing for the personhood of very young fetuses with people who raise this particular objection, I will, for the moment, allow  personhood status to be undetermined.

But perhaps you can tell me why it is a moral neutral to dispose of a living organism which will become a human being.

Not potentially, not maybe. This small organism will become a person every single time. It will not become anything else. If it survives, the result will be exactly the same kind of organism that you are now. A human being.

The determination of the moment of personhood is irrelevant.

 

A human being is created in the image of the Creator of all things. Our nation is founded upon an idea that all human beings possess inherent and equal rights. We dismiss the disposables’ rights just before we dismiss their lives.

We must do the former, or we must openly admit that we are arbitrary granters of human rights, and that we openly confer rights to some and deny rights to others. And that would make us unfair. Not nice people. Hypocritical. That’s just not us.

What are the real implications? If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is too plain. We kill people for preference sake. We balance our logic and our integrity on a knife’s edge of rationalization, and we maintain hyper-vigilance toward any idea which would give us even a gentle push.

 

 

The Worst Thing Women Believe

As women go, the culture goes. Arguably, women have always driven culture. In addition, Feminism has wildly succeeded in  irrevocably altering our society. Yet we hear constantly of  the victimhood, inequality and oppression experienced by women.

What have been the results of the advances women have made in society? Well, this happened:

Certain wings of the cultural arbiter class have officially ruled that an elderly man in a dress is a better woman than you are. He’s braver and more inspiring, he’s downright more important than you or any other woman out there. He knows what it’s like to be a woman better than you do. He looks so hot and glamorous they put him on the cover of Vogue and gave him his own reality show. Take your style cues from him. Learn to be as awesome and proud of your womanhood as he is.

(Note that to date, he is still physically male…excuse me, but having skipped some rather key surgery, isn’t he still sitting on the fence?)

Our popular culture seems to be saying that it doesn’t know what a man is anymore, or what a woman ever was.  It’s hard to keep up with all the jedi mind tricks we women are expected to master. What are some of the prevailing messages?

Trust your body. You are your body. You are a sexual being. Don’t ever deny your sexuality. Nothing’s wrong with experiencing all the sex you want, and there’s no “wrong” sexual desire. It’s wrong not to express who you are sexually.”

“Don’t trust your body. Your body is a baby machine. It will spew out babies right and left. If you don’t control that sucker you’re going to be surrounded by screaming babies before you know it, and your life will be over. Once you have a baby, you’ll be tied down forever instead of living your dream. You won’t be significant anymore.”

“‘Babies are terrible. Don’t have babies.’* Come to us for birth control; you can trust us. You’re pregnant already? No problem. We can fix that if you have the money. The most important thing is that you get back to living your life just the way you want.”

(We get the fee from you, then we sell your throwaways. Fer us it’s a two-fer.)

“When you’re ready, have a baby! Of course, after you’ve earned your degrees, begun your brilliant career, once you feel mature and ready, (certainly past the age of thirty!), go ahead and indulge in the experience once, or if you’re really into being a mom, twice.

It is important to some women to create a many-faceted life in which nurturing children is one part of a rich tapestry of identity and experience. Having a child is a real life-enhancer. As long as you’ve established a personal identity, it’s alright to indulge yourself a little, have a child and get all the feels that precious little baby brings out in you. Your life will so change.

After that, you had better defuse that biological bomb. That smoothly-running miracle of a reproductive system is a humiliating curse. Surgery is the most effective way to be sure there are no more interruptions to your exciting life.”

All of these thoughts are self-defeating and counterproductive, full of contradiction and double-think. We gulp them in like water, unfiltered and unreflected upon.

The flim-flam at its most basic is this: The highest goal a woman can grasp is total self-interest. Isn’t this Feminist article of faith? It is better to disregard all others’ interests in favor of achieving one’s own interests. Me first, me only. It’s written all over every single feminist aspiration.

But the worst thought by far that women have embraced is this:

 Human value is relative, not intrinsic, not eternal, not immeasurable. That the value of a given human being is dependent on a variety of situations and circumstances.

We traded our birthright for a mess of stew when we devalued our (dare I say God-given) callings. We need women to manifest the intrinsic nature that women have, the strengths which we have and which men don’t, the female brains which are different than male brains. We need women to be the teachers of culture, the passers-on of civilization, the nurturers of femininity and masculinity, the trainers of children to adulthood, the soft arbiters of culture. Shame on us that it is controversial to say: the bearers of children.

Fundamentally, we need women to be the protectors of helpless human life.

Those people who we most need to be the ones who are convinced that all souls are worthwhile no matter the circumstances, and to steadfastly protect any life under their influence, are the ones who’ve been sold on this thought: the value of a human life depends solely on the circumstances of the person who has the most power over its life.

Our civilization needs women to be uncompromising protectors of life or we are doomed to witness slow suicide.

But here and now, you are not considered an acceptably PC woman without an unquestioned belief in the health and justice of a woman’s right to choose death for her own dependent unborn child. It’s almost too sad to contemplate the role we might be playing: exercising our real calling as guardians of life, versus the one we have actually embraced.

 

*The Marching Morons, C.M. Kornbluth

 

My Female Parts Think Different Things Than Your Female Parts

The easy mention of what we used to call our “private parts”  has become very much un-private. We have devalued the body, we have thrown around the clinical terms to the point of crassness, and I wince. Please excuse the crass and clinical language I must use in order to say this.

“…When you have a vagina I will take the time to listen to your viewpoint.” This often repeated argument, directed toward men who object to abortion, by women who defend abortion, is meant to be a trump card, an argument-winner.

Well, I have the standard full set of lady parts.  Am I allowed to have an opinion then? I have a vagina, a uterus, fallopian tubes, and the typical collection of female hormones, and I disagree with you wholeheartedly.

First of all, I am a little puzzled. Are we supposed to be thinking with our vaginas?  You’ll have to tell me how you do that.

I use my brain. The assertions that either we women are sharper (more insightful and intelligent) or duller (more emotional and therefore irrational) because of our female anatomy have always struck me as equally insulting. We men and women all have sexual anatomy, and we all have brains.

Yes, I have a perspective on childbearing, pregnancy, and child-nurturing that men cannot have. But a perspective does not equal sole rights to form an opinion. The right, and the responsibility, to challenge human rights issues belongs to every person, men and women. And preborn babies are the subject of the major human rights issue of our time.

I do not have a corner on convictions regarding human rights because of my anatomy. All people have the right to think, evaluate, discern, and form opinions.  And in this particular place, they still have a right to express those opinions. That is a right that all persons share. That is, persons who are recognized by our laws as having any rights at all. The other ones have no right to opinions, and no chance to form any.

They apparently need defenders. Both men and women can and ought to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

So, according to you, your opinion-forming processes are predominantly informed by your vagina. And yours tells you that your right to direct the course of your own life necessarily trumps the right of a child conceived by you…to live.  Your vagina tells you that you may dispose of that child for any reason you choose, unquestioned, at almost any time during your pregnancy. Without consequence, without undue cost. Any restriction upon any of these conditions is injustice.

As a woman, with my woman’s anatomy and my female mind, I am convinced that I have no right to terminate the separate and distinct life I carry within my body. My female nature encourages me to celebrate and protect that life, and to know that it is a special privilege to carry and nurture that life.

It seems to me that if failing to possess a vagina excludes views, then we must exclude all men’s views. Why do some men have a right to support abortion rights, while other men have no right to object to abortion rights?  So, keep your arrogant misogynist opinions to yourself, Bill Clinton, President Obama, and your favorite male celebrity!