Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Execute the Abortionists!

In an outstanding post over at Feministe, Jill asks: how much prison-time should a woman receive for an abortion? And for that matter, how much should the doctor receive for his serial mercernary assassinations? The discussion references a Newsweek article by Anna Quindlen which describes a mini-documentary on YouTube wherein anti-choice protesters are asked what penalties they would suggest when their goal (the outlawing of abortion) comes to fruition.

What is so great is how Jill draws out the logical implications of the anti-choicers, illuminating their hypocrisy in a magnificent reductio ad absurdum. The result is a hilarious damning of the "pro-life" position as inconsistent, condescendingly patriarchal, and downright foolish from a public policy perspective. I would put forth a pro-thana counter-claim: anyone who does not get an abortion should be executed on the grounds that they are the root cause of all the suffering and evil that person will endure during its life! >:)

From the discussion:

...if a fetus is a person, and abortion indisputably kills a fetus, then abortion is murder... But we punish people for murder. We sentence them to long prison terms, often for life. Sometimes we execute them.... What if they have multiple abortions? What if they had access to all the literature and information that anti-choicers believe women considering abortion should be required to receive? What if they acknowledge that they know exactly what they are doing and they feel no guilt or shame for terminating their pregnancies?

...If women are so infantile that our bad acts toward fetuses must be punished with counseling or left to God, does that apply when our bad acts are directed at born people? If I kill my next-door neighbor, can I simply say that because of my tiny lady-brain and tinier lady-morals, I just didn’t know any better? Can I get counseling or some smiting instead of jail time?

...If a fetus is a person with all the same rights as you or I, then killing that fetus — or paying someone to kill that fetus — is murder. Deliberate, pre-meditated murder. How can it possibly be legally (or even morally) consistent to attach full rights to a fetus and then treat its death as somehow less important, or different, than the death of a born person?

...To complicate things a little more: If life starts at conception, and from the moment of fertilization an egg is a full-fledged human being with the same rights as you or I, what do we do about calculating the death rate? The miscarriage rate?

...If a fertilized egg is a full-fledged person under the law, what other legal activities — other than abortion — would have to go? ...Any medical treatment that could potentially harm a fetus, even if foregoing it meant that the woman would experience severe health complications or death?

...What about pregnant women engaging in behaviors that are risky for the fetus? Can she be prosecuted for child abuse or negligence if she, say, drinks coffee while she’s pregnant? ...goes binge drinking every night and survives off of Cheetos?

...These are a lot of questions, but they absolutely must be asked. And those who want to see abortion criminalized need to think long and hard about the consequences of their ideal policies.


And a commenter says:

And these *would* be legitimate questions if abortion was outlawed and criminal cases against doctors/women went forward. The idea of forensic vagina inspectors poking the former contents of my uterus under a microscope to determine how many, if any, murders occurred is simultaneously hilarious and terrifying.

Brilliant stuff people! Forensic vagina inspectors. Gosh I love the blogosphere.

1 comment:

Badthing1 said...

Ok...here we are in this abortion topic and we are talking about a "woman's right to choose" as it pertains to giving birth to another human being. Repeat, giving birth to ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. I truly do believe that it is human nature for 90% of human beings to desire to protect, keep safe and nurture the ones in our society that we refer to as our beloved children, whether ours or someone else's.

What I am trying to do at this time is to examine what the words "woman's right to choose" (or pro-life as opposed to pro-death in this case) really mean to me as a free-thinking woman.

To me, this "right to choose" in essence, means that I have a right to choose every single type of consequence of what will occur to my own individual bodily system from the moment that I find out that I am carrying another human life.

Since I am born with this inherent right as a person, does this right then extend to include ingesting whatever I WISH to ingest while I'm pregnant, such as drugs, alcohol, smoke or any other unhealthy substance I am wanting? After all, there is a life that is dependent upon my decisions...a life that will be affected if I decide to throw caution to the wind.

Health care professionals tell me that in the interest of my baby, I should not ingest certain unhealthy substances at this precious time, because they will most certainly hurt the baby, so I must then call on my right to make a healthy decision.

But oh wait...this is MY BODY to do what I choose to do with it, so why do I HAVE to listen to my doctors who are attempting to trample my "right to free choice?"

Do I then have the right to smoke a cigarette if I wish to? in fact as MANY as I wish to, despite the fact that this harmful smoke will be seeping into my innocent, unborn baby's tiny lungs? So what if this harmful smoke most likely causes my baby to suffer from asthma or some other respiratory problem in a few years down the road in its brand new life? It is MY BODY and MY RIGHT and I have chosen not to listen to anyone.

But I am pregnant and it's not only MY body I am choosing to harm.

I've made a conscience decision that I want to smoke cigarettes and too damn bad if my baby's life will be affected in a negative manner!

Why am I constantly being controlled to take the best care of my body?

I am a woman who has the right to choose how I will care for this "ME."

How is this different from making a decision that I will end my baby's life by way of aborting it before it even sees the light of day or night? How is this different from making a decision that it is ok to end my baby's life inside of the womb, but not ok once it is outside of the womb at say one or two days old? Do we or do we not have a law that if a pregnant mother is murdered, then the murderer will be prosecuted for a double homicide?

No matter which way I twist and turn it, I can't help myself thinking that abortion of an innocent life is simply killing an unborn human being in order to make someone else's life more convenient.

There is adoption if you don't want to raise your own baby. There are long lines of loving people waiting with open, loving hearts.