You all know that I’m not a committed pro-Lifer. I grew up in a Roe v. Wade world, and have always believed that there are circumstances in which abortion should be available. As I have explained in an earlier post, as I’ve grown my conservative, I’ve probably come to hew more closely to the traditional Jewish approach to abortion, which tries to balance the mother’s life against the baby’s.
Despite being moderately pro-Choice, I’ve come to be more and more disgusted by the twisted passion that drives the pro-Choice Democrats. I’ve noted in past posts that I think their arguments are profoundly dishonest to begin with, because they’re pretending that we haven’t experienced a 35 year change in pop culture since Roe v. Wade.
In the pre-Roe v. Wade and Pill world, women who yielded to their natural physical urges suffered terribly. The man had his fun; the woman got pregnant. And unless he married her, she and the child suffered the truly horrible stigma of illegitimacy. They were outcasts.
Nowadays, however, birth control is available at every supermarket. Nature is powerful, of course, and accidental pregnancies still occur, but they can and should be very rare.
And if a woman gets pregnant, then what? There’s no doubt that babies are a burden. They suck away your time and energy, and if you’re trying to get an education or move up on the career track, they’re going to slow you down — a situation that, courtesy of Nature, is a burden the woman, not the man, ends up bearing. The thing is, though, that one has to ask oneself if, in a moral world, a slow-down to your own ambitions is a reason to kill a baby?
The one thing that is certain is that the modern woman isn’t going to become a pariah if she gets pregnant. After all, half of Hollywood’s babies are illegitimate, and they and their parents are wildly celebrated. We also know that in the culture of young black girls (and, increasingly, young white girls), teen pregnancy is seen as an acceptable state. Indeed, in certain circles, it establishes that the young woman is mature and sexually desirable.
I don’t have answers, those are just observations that establish that we live in a very different world from the pre-Roe v. Wade world. For Democrats to pretend we don’t taints the debate.
And a tainted debate makes for tainted people. The point of these ruminations is to bring your attention to a story that Danny Lemiuex emailed to me. Bob Parks highlights a statement and offer from Doug Stanhope, a man who has bought into the abortion argument hook, line and sinker:
Janeane Garofalo can say Republicans are mean people, but the hate that continues to ooze from the liberal left continues to amaze.
Never in history has a woman been under more pressure to keep an unwanted pregnancy than Bristol Palin. She is the teenage daughter of Alaska Governor & Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin – a conservative, Creationist Christian power-vampire and pro-life huckster who has put Bristol and her un-welcomed fetus at the center of a politico-religious crusade to stop her exercising her constitutional right to terminate the pregnancy.
I, Doug Stanhope, am offering you, Bristol Palin, the sum of 25,000 dollars so that you can abort your child and move out of that draconian home. I have also set up a PayPal link so that others around the world can help increase this amount to ease the burden of starting out on your own at such an early age.
Mr. Stanhope goes on to brag about the fact he “accidentally” knocked up a girl and took care of the problem. But putting a bounty on the head of an unborn child isn’t enough for Dougy.
He wants to kill babies in Sarah Palin’s name.
Even if you cannot take my offer, I will still use my money or money donated through this page to pay for at least one abortion for a disadvantaged teenage girl each year for the rest of my life in the name of your mother. And in my will, I shall have a good portion of my estate turned into the Sarah J Palin Abortion Fund that will help girls from all walks of life from destroying their lives and our natural resources by having children.
Wild-eyed pronouncements such as those Stanhope makes don’t sound as if they’re interested in improving prospects for young women. Instead, Stanhope sounds as if he’s planning on setting up a quality brothel for all men who want no strings (and no birth control) sex. The small price to pay is a pile of dead babies. This is not an enticing argument for people who recognize the deep moral issues attached to abortion. All thoughtful souls, even those who fall in the mushy middle, should be repulsed by this outspoken commitment to death at the expense of life.