Friday, January 21, 2011

Epic rant

No, not here, over at Sabra's:
Know what else you get?  You get women who abort one twin because having three total children would interrupt your lifestyle too much.  You get couples who abort twin boys because of their penises.

Reasonable people react to those stories with horror.  But here's the thing: if you support abortion, you must support these things.  There is zero moral difference.  Choice is choice, and if you support a woman's choice to kill her unborn child for any reason...Guess what?  That means any reason.  Is it reprehensible to kill half of a pair randomly?  Yes, of course.  Is it reprehensible to kill children because they're the "wrong" sex?  Yes, of course.  But if it's okay to kill any given child, it must be okay to kill any other given child.  Drawing an arbitrary line because one action doesn't sit right with you is completely disingenuous.

Which brings me back around to the beginning.  What pisses me off the most about this story is that it features the mother of all arbitrary lines.  If that doctor had shoved the scissors into the baby's heads seconds earlier, it would have been a fine and dandy thing to do.
Quite frankly, this sort of talk isn't allowed at The Right Dinner Parties, because it makes Right Thinking People uncomfortable.  The only thing I'd add is that the Media - which so loves to pat itself on the back about "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable" - is nowhere to be seen on this.  And yet this story strikes to the very heart of the matter.

I pointed out a few days ago that an Intellectually Vigorous Left would fight for good governance.  You can't get much more of an example of bad governance than this story, but there are all sorts of favored interest groups discouraging the Media from paying attention.  So let me just spell it out for the Lefties who dare not look too closely into that shadowed part of their reason - this wasn't an outlier, a "Black Swan", something that could not have been foreseen.  This was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east.

And this isn't just dead babies and (literal) infanticide; this is dead mothers, too.  Until the Left opts for good governance - even at the risk of not being invited to The Right Dinner Parties - this will continue happening.

And the fact that this is happening to poor minority women - as opposed to the sort of well-heeled women invited to The Right Dinner Parties - only adds to the irony.  But as I've been saying, it appears that Irony 101 is no longer a required course at Journalism School.

And just to spell it out for people itching to leave comments about abortion, this isn't about abortion.  It's about hypocrisy, and people who are too scared to look into their own psyches.


NotClauswitz said...

Sonograms are used in the 3rd world precisely to make the boy/girl choice, with boys ahead and grave social repercussions to follow...

Sabra said...

Thanks for the kind words. I have thought for a long time that the "right" way of thinking about the issue ignores a lot of the tangentially-related issues. I think it is well worth questioning just why Black women have a higher proportion of abortions, for instance. It's not an issue there's a pat answer for--many things go into it--but it's still something that needs examining.

Feminists frustrate me on this issue more than on any other, honestly.