Friday, April 21, 2017

Deep inside the pro-life laboratory

What if no woman understood a fetus was a person but all men did somehow?
I would not be surprised to learn that, somewhere, there is a pro-life thinktank whose entire mission statement is "Find a way to condemn abortion in a way that exonerates all women but condemns all men."

This is just my experience with pro-lifers over the past couple years. I tend to go my own way with most arguments and ideas about these kinds of things, but the Trump candidacy finally made me tune in to what actual pro-life groups were saying about this - and it's a freaking clownshow.

Not every pro-life organization is guilty of this sort of thing, but here's what I've learned so far:

* Abortion is murder and horrible and we will all be remembered as horrible people by our descendants for this travesty.

* Except women. Women who get abortions are all victims. All of them. Because none of them could possibly understand a fetus is a child, and also they're scared I bet. None of them understand what they're doing. They're pressured into it.

* By men. Men who are evil and wicked and they know better. They're telling women to kill their own children because they're selfish and that's why they want a woman to murder their own child.

* Also the government. The government makes it so hard on women by not making life for all pregnant women as easy as is humanly possible. Women just get pregnant sometimes, of no fault of their own, ever. We all should feel ashamed of ourselves for not helping them, unless we're women, because women can't know any better and already feel bad about this, or they're ignorant.

* Even abortion doctors who are women aren't at fault. They just don't understand. Did you know some pro-life women used to be abortionists? And they were totally ignorant and did nothing wrong. But only the women. The men? Oh God they're monsters and they know exactly what they're doing, but don't tell the abortion doctors they're murderers or hold them in contempt. Unless they're the male ones. But the female ones, treat them courteously and nice and hope they change their minds someday. What a boon for the pro-life cause that would be!

* In short, even though women get abortions, and abortion is treated as a women's rights issue, and it's the one thing feminists love the most, women are never to blame for abortion. But men are. All men. Even pro-life men, because they're not making life comfortable for pregnant women, who were made pregnant by men, who bear the entirety of responsibility either directly or by proxy.

I am not impressed.

5 comments:

malcolmthecynic said...

Wait, there's more!

- If you don't also oppose the death penalty, you're just as bad as the person in favor of butchering unborn children to death with knives and vacuums. As long as those people are male, otherwise you're worse

- Also, if you're anti-abortion but you oppose taking in refugees, you're just as bad as the person in favor of butchering unborn children to death with knives and vacuums. And then trafficking the body parts across state lines. It's you. You are the problem

- If you haven't personally adopted at least a dozen Syrian children, you're going to Hell and we can't help you

Crude said...

Yeah, the pro-life movement is absolutely flush with people who clearly want to hijack it, especially political liberals who - frankly - are tired of their liberal friends treating them like dirt. So they're trying to polish what is to them a political turd by making pro-life mean something that appeals to liberals who will never care, short of a radical priority shift.

Thankfully it seems to be getting shaken off.

Nate Winchester said...

Sounds like both of you been reading Shea's posts. lol

For the flip side, I'll post JudgyBitch who did break out of Crude's stereotype.
http://judgybitch.com/2017/04/17/late-term-abortion-as-eugenics-and-racial-cleansing-maybe-im-not-a-good-nazi-after-all/

Crude said...

Sounds like both of you been reading Shea's posts. lol

Haven't been reading Shea for a long time. Last I saw he got in a brawl with Feser and apologized after some successive kicks in his intellectual yarbles, which would make any sensible person rethink their approach to shit. Naturally, I expect Shea did no such thing.

It's actually part of a real common sentiment I see floated, even in Catholic/Christian female circles. As near as I can tell it amounts to: 'If X is horrible, then me/my sister/my mom/my daughter is horrible, and *I/they are good people* so that's not possible.'

Nate Winchester said...

I know, Crude, tongue was firmly in cheek. And his "apology" lasted even less time than usual as it was a scant 1 week later (literally a week) that he took a snide pot shot at Ed and has now gone on to rant about the death penalty about every other day.

'If X is horrible, then me/my sister/my mom/my daughter is horrible, and *I/they are good people* so that's not possible.'

Yep, welcome to modern theology. "I'm not bad as long as I can point to someone worse." Thus we should almost thank Hitler for taking away the sins of the world. And thus Godwin's law, because if Hitler was the only evil one, we have no way to discuss our human failings without invoking him.