Today was going to be the day I announced a hiatus from blogging to give more time to preparing for my upcoming wedding...then my good friend and fellow blogger The JC_Freak posted two great articles for his blog on the subject of abortion. Today I am happy to feature the first.
As a strongly pro-life individual, I am always pleased to pass along a simple, well articulated statement of what the Pro-Life movement really believes.
OK, a couple of caveats. I don't want to be deceitful, so I'll come
right out and say that I am Pro-Life and I am sure that affects how I
view Pro-Choice rhetoric. But, to any Pro-Choice person out there,
please don't reject my point here until I have actually stated it,
because I may not be saying what you think I will be saying.
First of all, I completely acknowledge that it is proper to understand
the Pro-Choice movement as defending rights, specifically women's
rights. What I reject is the idea that just because we are dealing with
women's rights that we are therefore dealing with equality. In reality,
we are dealing with a moral issue that happens to only directly affect
Here is where I think you (that is pro-choice people) have a point. In
most contexts, a person has the right to decide what medial procedures
will and will not be done to them. The government should not have the
right to say that a smoker who develops lung cancer should just deal
with the cancer because it is the natural consequences of their choices.
In fact, I think we pro-lifers actually undercut our message when our
arguments seem to ignore this.
However, there are other notable exceptions to this: suicide and drugs
for instance. I would also include prostitution here, though it isn't a
medical procedure. But it is still true that there are exceptions to the
idea that we are allowed to do whatever we want with our own bodies. It
is also important to note that the above activities are illegal for
both men and for women. It is not gender specific.
And, quite frankly, neither is the illegality of abortion. The fact that
it only influences woman is a consequence of biology, not patriarchy.
Any Pro-Life person would equally abhor a man killing a fetus if he were
pregnant; it just only happens in movies.
The morality of the thing falls on our belief that the fetus is a human
being and thus should have human rights. I want the full rights and
privileges of the mother to be maintained in tension with the full rights and privileges of the child.
But here is the Pro-Life position, and I'll wrap it up really tight so
that there is no confusion: fetuses are children. To me, the distinction
between a fetus and a newborn is no different than a newborn and a
toddler. Morally they are equivalent. So in a nutshell, we want human
rights for fetuses. That is it. Period.
I regret that making abortion illegal will force a long term medical
situation on the mother, and that is not shallow regret. I really regret
it. It is a horrible thing to force on someone, especially since
pregnancy shouldn't be something horrible. It is the most beautiful
thing in the world, and I hate the fact that it can become something
ugly in a woman's life because it was forced on her. That is appalling
to me. But so is killing children.
And that is what we are against: killing children whether by men or
women. This particular means is only biologically available to women, so
naturally restricting it would only affect women. Thus, it is
legitimately a matter of women's rights: how should the mother's rights
and the child's rights be resolved when they are in direct conflict?
That is a very difficult question, but it has nothing to do with mean at
all, and thus has nothing to do with equality or inequality. I believe
that equality is a very important thing, and tying abortion into the
category of equality both waters down the word, and can hinder
legislation that is truly about equality under the law between men and
women. This issue is a separate issue, and should be kept separate.
Thank you for your consideration.
The JC_Freak's blog can be read at http://jcfreak73.blogspot.com/ each week.