All of us are pro-choice to the extent that we believe that we should be free to choose the way we wish. The anarchists among us would agree with that point of view wholeheartedly. Libertarians might moderate that to the extent of limiting choices that affect another person. At the other end of the spectrum, nanny-statists and Progressives would say that choice must be limited by their understanding of what is good for us, by which they really mean the choices they choose.
At the silly end of things, nanny-statists such as Mayor Bloomberg want to take away your right to choose a Big Gulp. They argue that it’s bad for your health and that you’ll be a burden on the healthcare system, yada, yada, yada. At the serious end of things, they want to take away your right to choose to defend yourself with a modern sporting rifle loaded with a normal capacity magazine. They argue that … umm … well, actually they don’t have a logical argument; they just don’t like the idea that you might have a gun. They have to make a stretch to bring some other party’s interest to limit your choices.
OTOH, most Progressives favor a right for a mother to end the life of her child in utero. For those of us who look at the DNA of a child and see a member of our species from conception, it’s clear that an abortion affects an innocent party. Others may disagree about when that child deserves protection, but essentially no one advocates the killing of viable children born alive. The question of when to protect a child’s life is one of those inconvenient questions that many would rather not wrestle with.
That, I think, is the reason for the main stream media’s avoidance of the Gosnell murder cases. I brings that question into focus.
That’s the one line I never hear from Progressives during coverage of stories such as the Gosnell trial.
A reader from Western Maryland writes:
A thought occurred to me while catching up on my daily reading. With all the rhetoric over gun control being spewed out and the constant claim that “if it saves just one life”, then why not throw it back in their face with abortion. If it will save just one life, shouldn’t abortion be overturned. Fifty-five million lives have been murdered in 40 years vs how many from guns. We can even treat Planned Parenthood like high capacity clips, or better yet, like McDonald’s use to advertise on their signs, “Over 50 million served.”
I can hear the argument from the left stating that it’s just tissue matter and doesn’t really count, but why is it considered as such when in the animal kingdom it’s not? How many babies have been aborted during the third trimester and didn’t Obama support such procedures. Again, if just one life is saved? Just saying …
I was going to write a post about my reaction to the foolishness of Todd Akin. Rebecca Hamilton has an essay at Patheos that covers almost all my points, and she does a better job than I would have.
Go read her post, but before you do, let me just make one point. Rape is no longer a capital crime, and, even when it was, we hanged the rapist not the baby. The baby is one of the victims. Punishing the victim compounds the crime, so, no, I don’t support allowing abortions in the case of rape.
Federal law prohibits hospitals that receive certain federal funds from requiring employees to participate in abortions. UMDNJ receives such funds. Also, a New Jersey law states, “No person shall be required to perform or assist in the performance of an abortion or sterilization.”
The nurse claim that they had been pressured to assist in abortions or be fired.
Isaac Asimov propounded the Three Laws of Robotics in his short story collection I, Robot.
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
It seem that the Siri function in the new iPhone 4S obeys these laws, and that is causing consternation for some feminists. In apparent obedience to the First Law, Siri doesn’t seem to be able to find abortion clinics.
Is this more of Apple’s pro-family attitude showing? They don’t let porn into their iTunes/iPod/iPad/iPhone ecosystem.
Allahpundit suggest that it might be something deeper. Steve Jobs was adopted. As an adult, he sought out his birth mother to thank her for not having an abortion. It could be that Siri’s pro-life attitudes are one more dent that Jobs has made in the Universe.
I’m Pro-Life and Pro Second Amendment. I have friends who hold opposite views.
The number of lives ended each month by abortions greatly exceeds the number deaths related to firearms each year.