As a contrarian conservationist, radical anti-traditionalist and fundamentalist neo-rationalist I believe life begins at conception and gestation is probably the best time to kill people.
Yeah, kinda just came in hard with that, didn’t I? Better buckle up, because this ride ain’t getting any less bumpy.
Pro-choicers have a problem, and that problem is that their entire liberal ethos allegedly eschews violence. And yet killing fetuses is probably almost definitely violence. To resolve their bullshit they have come up with the incredibly idiotic theory that you aren’t a real person until you make it past the clitoris. TOUCHDOWN!
The rationalizations are often sciencey. They aren’t really science, but they use scientistic language to create ‘stages’ in which to arbitrarily place “life” where it is politically expedient and morally convenient for pro-choicers.
However if we look to chemistry, the most definitively ‘hard’ science, we can pretty easily dismiss the “not alive til” nonsense.
If you make a compound from two chemicals, the act of mixing those chemicals has created that compound. There will be an initial reaction as the compound is formed, but at no time is this mixture something other than the compound. To do so, you would have to separate the original two chemicals.
Ergo, if you fertilize ovum with semen, you have created an initial reaction (gestation) that is a quality of the compound (life).
Further scientistic rhetorical maneuvering will never resolve the amount of bullshit it takes to place the beginning of life anywhere but at conception. And if you have to deny the obvious to justify your beliefs and actions, then that puts your beliefs and actions into question. Which is a fucking shame because…
I think anybody should be able to have an abortion for any reason if they want to. Even transgendered goat-people with bubble gum wombs.
There are seven and a half billion people alive today and we don’t need the extra hands on the farm no more. Life is not a miracle. Miracles are rare. Human life is not. It is pretty fucking awesome, but it doesn’t stay that way long if cheapened by excess.
Would you let weeds and pests overtake your garden because life is such a miracle? Hell no. What makes the life in the garden valuable is a carefully cultivated use of its resources for specific outcomes. You pull a weed out because it uses resources and threatens the plants that have value to you.
Now that value comes down to many things. Taste preferences. Nutritional needs. Toxicology. Etc. For that reason one persons dinner is another persons invasive weed, and vice versa. One species home is another’s food, and yet a poison to some others.
Can you imagine if we let some people dictate how other people grew their gardens just because it did not meet their values? That would seem like the most insanely authoritarian thing ever, because it would be. But if you suggest someone shouldn’t have such power of decision over their own uterus because you are baby-crazy you might get elected to one of the highest positions in the world. Go figure.
Babies are valuable to people who want to have babies. Pregnancy is valuable to people who want to be pregnant. Life is a miracle to people who want to be alive.
Now you may be no better at math than chemistry, but you must realize there is a limit to how many humans a planet can support? If human growth continues as it has the past few centuries, exponentially, we are going to overcome that limit. Which means a lot less people are going to have the luxury of living.
Like a garden, we must weed our species so it does not become overgrown.
The most rational place to start, without getting all eugenicidal, is letting those who don’t want to grow babies opt out. Aside from birth control, abortion by professionals is the safest and most fair way of avoiding overpopulation.
Yes, babies get killed. Killing is generally pretty wrong. But without some killing there is lots of death. Probably most of us would rather have died as a fetus than live through an overpopulation apocalypse. Despite the fact that we tend to romanticize apocalypse these days, starving to death while everyone tries to kill each other over the last bits ain’t a lot of fun. Surrendering your humanity to survive longer against the inevitable death of you and most or all of your species is not the best situation to be in. Trust me, you’d far rather just check in to this world for a few months and pop back out. And never having to leave the warmth and comfort of the womb your whole life? Bonus!
Hell, if you believe in an afterlife, this is probably the best case scenario. Experience as little of the world as possible then off to the afterlife, where they probably have top notch refreshments and entertainment. That is unless you are one of those sickos who believe ‘unsaved’ babies go to purgatory or hell. In that case you are probably the same kind of asshole who calls yourself a pro-lifer while cheering on wars, police killings and genocides. And you should know that nobody with any intelligence or decent values whatsoever takes you seriously on any level. Obvious hypocrisy is obvious.
In summary, I am all for abortions. I am just also equally against bullshit logic. Abortion is mercy.
However I must make a few amendments, lest some political position I did not support is assumed here.
- Nobody should be able to prevent you from having an abortion for any reason at any time. Your body, your choice. But also your responsibility. If you want others to help you fund your abortions, then you surrender responsibility, at which time you have no reasonable expectation to make your choices unimpeded. Your absent minded lust is not anybody else’s business, but if you make it so, don’t be surprised that you lose control of other related areas of your life’s choices.
- If women want all the power to make this decision, then men should not be held liable for that decision. Neither for aborting or raising a child. Compulsive state-enforced child support puts the pro-choicers in the same hypocritical position as warmongering pro-lifers.