Those of you who follow this blog know that I understand abortion to be a complex, morally and ethically fraught issue. There are good arguments on both sides and a gender asymmetry that can’t be argued away. If women have the right to absolve themselves of all responsibility for a pregnancy, then fairness and equality demand that men have the same rights. Women can legally abort their children or surrender them for adoption with no further obligations of any kind. Men should have the same option, if you believe in equality and fairness.
The Center for Medical Progress went undercover last year to interview abortionists interested in selling off the useful tissues and body parts of the babies they killed. These ‘medical professionals’ often expressed themselves in horrific and brutal terms, leaving nothing to the imagination. Unfortunately, I can’t show you the video from which the following quote is drawn, since a judge has decided Americans are far too delicate and squeamish to handle the truth of abortion (and still keep it legal, presumably), but it’s very telling:
“The fetus is a tough little object, and taking it apart, I mean taking it apart, on day one is very difficult,” Dr. Susan Robinson, an abortionist at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose, Calif., said in the video.
Dr. Lisa Harris, medical director at Planned Parenthood of Michigan, admitted that “our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric.” Harris added, “The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out. The hemorrhages that we manage. Those are all parts of our experience. But there’s no real good place for us to share those.”
“Given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here … let’s just give [the pro-life movement] the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them that,” Harris said in the video.
It’s a person, it’s killing, let’s give them that.
I could not agree more.
There are two issues at the heart of the abortion debate. The first one considers when the ‘fetus’ becomes a person, and this is germane to most people’s understanding of abortion, which is why both men and women tend to support abortion in the first trimester, and then want restrictions thereafter. No one but the most radical of feminazis supports killing and dismembering babies in the last stages of pregnancy.
Which leads us to the second issue, and the one this new video slams on the table in a pool of splattered blood and sharp skull fragments: why can’t women legally kill their own babies?
What is morally and ethically wrong with parents killing their children? Parents are morally, legally and ethically responsible for their children, so why shouldn’t they get to decide whether children live or die? If mom and dad both agree that the kid is a bust, and they should try again, why not kill it?
Notice how the child became “it”?
I’m not saying that I agree that parents should be able to kill their children, but at least the subject of conversation is dead clear when the baby becomes ‘it’ and we discuss killing. That takes a certain moral courage, entirely absent from the abortion debate. How absurd would it be to discuss drone strikes or Tomahawk missiles as ‘vital healthcare’ for our enemies? When we make a collective decision to kill our enemies, for whatever reason, justified or not, we tend to discuss that decision openly.
There are some bullshit terms creeping into the discussion of military killing like ‘collateral damage’ and ‘friendly fire’, which address morally fraught killings, but in general we can comfortably say ‘we killed x number of people’. We can debate why we killed those people robustly – but we don’t pretend we were delivering healthcare to the Japanese with a couple nuclear bombs.
What I despise more than anything else about the feminist approach to abortion is the lack of moral courage. At least Dr. Harris is willing to say ‘it’s killing’. Let’s talk about that, and the inescapable conclusions:
- Women are by far the more violent of the genders
- Women kill their own children frequently. Men rarely.
- Women are by far the most common serial killers, aborting multiple children
- Women are cowards
That turns the debate on gender in a whole new direction, doesn’t it? Women are not weak, innocent flowers trampled under the merciless boots of the big mean men. Women are every bit as bloodthirsty and callously, casually murderous as the worst of the conquering male monsters of feminist dreams: women just prefer itty bitty victims who can’t fight back.
Well, there are those sharp bits of skull to contend with.
Some babies fight back.
Lots of love,