Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Pro Life IS Pro Choice, Anti-Abortion IS Anti-Life

The two sides of the abortion debate are currently labeled pro-life and pro-choice. These labels are wrong in the deepest sense and the pro-choice group needs to get this point across to the public in order to reframe the debate more accurately and truthfully and level the rhetorical playing field.

The truth is, the "pro-life" group does not love human life at all! How many times have you heard of a christian murdering an abortion doctor? How many times have you heard of an abortion rights activist murdering a christian (I've never heard of an abortion rights activist murdering anyone)? The "pro-life" group hates human life. They hate human life because, according to religious dogma, every human is filled with original sin from the moment they are born. Their position on abortion has nothing to do with love and respect for human life or the principle that humans have a right to life. Their position has nothing to do with common sense or logic. Anti-abortion is a purely religious position, not a moral, ethical or logical position. Anti-abortion should not be called pro-life, it should be called religious anti-abortion. Allowing the anti-abortion movement to call themselves pro-life is to allow them to surreptitiously hijack the innate human tendency to value and love human life. It's a travesty to let the religious anti-abortion group call themselves pro-life. And it's a travesty for the pro-choice movement to fail to recognize this truth and allow this abject mischaracterization to continue.

Why is religion anti-abortion? Because religion thrives on human misery. That is why pope paul 6 in 1968 said it's okay to use the rythm method to try and avoid pregnancy but the pill is infallibly wrong. The rythm method increases fear, uncertainty, doubt, and guilt. Imagine a poor couple unable to afford more children rolling the dice with a crucifix on the bedroom wall staring down at them as if chanting in depressing gregorian mumbo jumbo, "sex is for procreation, not for pleasure!" Pope paul 6 was a sadistic celibate to inflict this kind of pain and guilt on the poor souls following him blindly. Religion thrives when humans are miserable, unhappy, ignorant slaves to biology and nature. The christian religion was at its peak during the dark ages when humans were slaves to disease, starvation and overcrowding. The shining beacon of reason arising in the Renaissance scared religion like a bright white light on cockroaches.

The truth is, humans DO have a right to life. All humans have a right to life. But no one has a right to life at the expense of someone else. This is why slavery is wrong and evil. If you are dying and need just one drop of special blood to live and I'm the only person on earth with the correct blood, I DO NOT have to give it to you! People would be justified to ridicule me since the effort on my part would be so minimal to save your life but no one, not the government or anyone else, has the right to put me in jail or say that I committed a crime. I'm not a slave and I don't have to give up even an ounce of the right to my own life.

So, even if the anti-abortion group wants to consider a clump of cells as a person, the clump of cells still would not have a right to life at the expense of the mother! The anti-abortion movement fails on two counts: 1) a clump of cells is not a human; 2) a clump of cells does not have a right to life at the expense of the mother.

The pro-choice group understands the true essence and meaning of "right-to-life" is valuing and respecting a life that actually exists now over a clump of cells that might become a life someday.

Here is a quote from the greatest philosopher of all time, Ayn Rand:
Excerpt from "Of Living Death" The Objectivist, October 1968:

"An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).

"Abortion is a moral right--which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?"

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At 11/28/2005 05:07:00 PM, Anonymous Brenda Gladu said...

Nice comments!! Right to the point.

At 10/01/2006 06:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a pro-choice atheist I am sympathetic to your position, but I can't entirely agree. I am pro-choice but anti-abortion. That does not mean I'd outlaw abortion, but that I think any abortion is a sad thing. No, the clump of cells is not a life and should not be given the rights of a human. But it is a potential life - and as humans (both pro-choice and pro-life [sic]) we shouldn't forget that.

So where does that leave me? I agree with Bill Clinton who famously said that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.

At 3/27/2007 11:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can say that i agree on what you are saying. i have always thought of myself as pro-choice and pro-life. Just because i believe a woman has a right to choose, does not mean i am against life. i dont agree with the names that they classsify themselves with.

At 12/02/2007 05:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VERY well worded.

At 1/15/2008 02:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're absolutely right. It's true the embryo didn't do anything wrong, but neither did the woman. It's a woman's choice what she does; her body is a BODY, not a vessel.

At 9/18/2008 02:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very true..

At 10/27/2008 08:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what if you knew your cluster of cells were damaged... perhaps down syndrome or another syndrome then what do you do...I had to make the choice...

At 4/15/2009 09:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone deserves a chance at life. If you can't afford to raise a child put it up for adoption. So many couples cannot have children and must go to China or some other 3rd world country.

What really bothers me is that my tax dollars go to support Planned Parenthood. Total BS.

Most of the comments for pro abortion are typical selfish comments. You were allowed to live.....

At 7/30/2009 10:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell a woman who has had a miscarriage that it was just a "clump of cells". A seedling is still a plant. Both of my children were once embryos and I loved them even then. I think abortion is up to the individual and I wouldn't judge someone for their choice. I also believe it should be legal. But to say that you're not taking a life is just a convenient lie to help you sleep at night.

At 12/04/2010 02:22:00 PM, Anonymous joeyjojo said...

Your title conflicts with your body work, calling it "Pro Life IS Pro Choice" is saying that is saying that by protecting the life of the unborn you giving them a choice.

I assume what you wanted to say was that "Pro choice IS Pro Life". ie that you're guarding the value of life by protecting a woman's right to choose.


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