Master of Shenanigans
- Oct 12, 2007
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Abortion is the fundamental, reproductive right
Abortion is the killing of a human child. In its common forms, it is the horrific abuse of the most vulnerable amongst us for the convenience, good, and financial profit of more powerful actors. On exceedingly rare occasions, it can be deemed the less awful of available options.
The public fight over abortion is a fight over competing rights - a woman's right to bodily autonomy v a child's right to life. Neither side should pretend that the right they are arguing to override does not exist, but instead put forth their arguments as to why that decision is justified (Example: as an adult citizen, I have the right to bodily autonomy. I don't have the right to use my bodily autonomy in ways that harms or endangers others. Ergo, my right to bodily autonomy does not override another's right to life.).
The legal fight over abortion is a fight over competing sovereignty - the people's right to determine how they are to be governed v a Constitution that enshrines individual rights against mere popular will v a Supreme Court willing to inject personal political preference into law. Who has the final authority over life and death decisions?
The historical reality of abortion has meant something of a generational war. Somewhere between 1/4th and 1/3rd of my generation was murdered by our parents before we even had a chance to learn to laugh. Moloch only dreamed of such heights. Because we are fewer in number, the Boomers face potential destitution in old age, as OASI/Medicare are pay-go. Our country is poorer, financially, spiritually, societally, and culturally, because of the loss of talent, the loss of innovation, the loss of gifts, the loss of love, inherent in the loss of so many. Even were it to be ended today, the tragedy of abortion would be with us for a generation or more.
This "Peculiar Institution" which we claim is necessary for our "way of life" is bloodier than slavery, more horrific than slavery, and one day, we will be remembered the way that we remember those who engaged in slavery. As monsters.
This is a moral question, but it must be answered by the pregnant woman, not by anyone else. So it must remain a legal option, and the morality of it left to the individual.