I have decided to take a brief hiatus from being simply a duck who sings, and, instead, be a duck who sings about hard-hitting affairs that are close to her heart. QUACK.
RIGHT; these are the reasons why I believe that the slaughter of millions can be just fine. (SARCASM)
1. People are all like- “The baby growing inside you is a potential life, man, and, like, it needs a chance…” Well, something being a POTENTIAL life means NOTHING. I have the potential to win the Nobel Peace prize but you don’t hear me banging on about it.
2. “Life begins at conception, and killing is WRONG”.
Well, DUH. If abortion was as simple as ‘killing a baby’ then nobody would be arguing in favour of it. The aim of abortion is not to kill the baby but to stop a pregnancy, even if foetal death occurs as a result. Someone who enjoys torturing and killing insects is pretty insane, but when you ride your bike you are probably killing hundreds of innocent insects- you didn’t think about those, did you? MURDERERS!
3. Even if you are about to give birth to Jesus or Ghandi, people who are ACTUALLY alive are far most important than people who haven’t been born yet. We cannot pin –point the actual ‘moment’ where a foetus becomes human so we don’t know when to give it human rights- no line can be drawn during the pregnancy, (otherwise we end up in a kind of Sorities paradox* where nothing ever becomes anything) so we have to wait until the only undisputable point: birth.
4. Some girls (and, of course, the men who impregnate them) are idiots and should take responsibility for their actions. However, forcing someone into 18 years of raising a child (particularly if they are young and poor) is not only a pretty disproportionate punishment for simply forgetting to use or mis-using contraception, but puts YET ANOTHER screaming, dependant mouth into the world which drains taxpayer's money.
5. If we take from woman legal power over her own body then we are spitting in the beautiful face of feminism and dragging the world back towards the dark ages. I despair just as much as anyone when I hear about a woman recklessly getting pregnant and thoughtlessly having an abortion; her actions may be morally wrong, but, legally, she NEEDS to have the option. Damaging the position of women as free, rational, autonomous individuals is, I think, far worse than destroying what, ontologically, is a mass of living tissue.
6. Abortion is a horrible, ugly thing, and I hope to God that I never have to go through one. If we were educated more about what the procedure actually entails we would be far, far more careful about having safe sex. It is not as horrible or as ugly, however, as a society where women regularly died from backstreet abortions or having their bodies simply giving up at 35 after years of being forced through pregnancy after pregnancy, giving them no chance to achieve any sort of life at all.
And THAT is why I am pro-choice. J
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