Thursday, September 26, 2019

Maybe it's time for some "Common Sense" abortion control

Notice how whenever there's a shooting by some lunatic that we're inundated by calls for new gun control laws restricting normal Americans?  Every.  Single.  Time.

This happens because there's no downside for the Democrats.  Game Theory tells us that in situations like this (where one side is motivated to a goal and the other side passively watches what happens) that the motivated side will ultimately prevail.  Game Theory also tells us that a "tit-for-tat" strategy of pushback - a pushback for each time the other side pushes - will result in a stable outcome.

OK, then.  Let's think about how to push back against the Democrats in a way that will get their attention.  And let's use the gun control template - somebody does something horrifying and so we propose a law restricting the rights of the majority of the country.

We've just seen stories briefly pop up in the press - before being pushed out of sight as so, so not helpful to the narrative - of an abortionist who kept thousands of dead babies and baby parts in his garage:
There’s something sick in America’s abortion industry. What else would account for a doctor who collected thousands of dead babies in some kind of twisted hobby that he hid from his allegedly unsuspecting wife
Two thousand two hundred and forty-six fetuses were found “medically preserved” in Ulrich Klopfer’s garage last week after he died on Sept. 3. And now the attorneys general of Illinois and Indiana are investigating how the human remains got from Klopfer’s network of Indiana abortion clinics to his rural Illinois home and what laws might have been violated.
"Sick" doesn't begin to describe this.  Taking the Gun Control approach, we need extensive registration and inspection of all abortion facilities to prevent a recurrence of this.  We need to act now!  I mean, do it for the children ...

Also, we've seen eye-witness reports of infanticide after abortion:
On Tuesday, nurse Jill Stanek described her experience in caring for a baby who survived an attempted abortion. Doctors in that case followed exactly the kind of infanticide practice Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) so infamously described in a radio interview this past January.


"Governor Northam was right. That is exactly what happens. I know because I cared for a dying baby who was on the other side of that decision," Stanek said.
Again, taking the Gun Control approach, we need to require that all abortions be performed at a Hospital where care is available for babies in this situation.  Sure it will massively raise the cost of abortion, but you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, amirite?

Or we could take a more traditional approach.  The ancient Romans knew how to deal with infanticide. The Proconsul Tiberius Julius Secundus - governor of the province of Africa - learned that the priests of Baal had survived from the Carthaginian era and were still sacrificing infants to that deity.  Tertullian describes his response:
In Africa infants used to be sacrificed to Saturn*, and quite openly down to the proconsulship of Tiberius, who took the priests themselves and on the very trees of their temple, under whose shadow their crimes had been committed, hung them alive like votive offerings on crosses.  And the soldiers of my own country** are witnesses to it, who served the proconsul in that very task.
Taking the Roman approach, we would have firing squads at the abortion clinics.  I'm sure that a little thought would come up with a bunch more "common sense" abortion control proposals, so think away.

The point here is a tit-for-tat game.  It will put the Democrats on notice that they can expect pushback, and that the ratchet is not one-way (or if it is then there are other one-way ratchets that they will not enjoy so much).

Will any of this happen?  Not a chance.  The Republican party is a fetid mix of lies, stupidity, and cowardice in equal measure.  But a guy can dream, can't he?

* The Romans would often give the name of the equivalent Roman god when describing the gods of other peoples.

** Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus was a native of the city of Carthage, by this time a Roman possession for 250 years or so.


Beans said...

Oh, let them have abortions... if:

7 day waiting period.

Criminal background check.

1 per year max.

Swear to no narcotics use. Getting caught is a federal felony.

Must pass a class and hold a current AUID (Abortion User's ID).

Pay a variety of fees, from classes, to AUID, to background check, to fingerprinting, to a federal tax stamp for homes for unwed mothers (you know, kinda like what we pay for wetlands and such).

Oh, yeah, be 21 or older.

Nah. We just need to line the filthy evil creatures who do this up against the wall. Proud of your abortion? Fuego!

SiGraybeard said...

They say the only thing new in the life is the history you haven't heard of yet.

I'd never heard of Baal priests surviving under Rome, nor had I heard of Proconsul Tiberius Julius Secundus, but right away he's taking the lead as my favorite Roman Proconsul.

Borepatch said...

Graybeard, nobody did badass like the Romans did, Back In The Day.

LindaG said...

Works really well for me.

Richard said...

I endorse this not because I think outlawing abortion will be any more effective than outlawing guns but for the tit of tat reasons you cite. We also have to start putting vote fraud perps in prison if we want to have the power to do this. Since these are almost exclusively Democrat office holders and party officials, it will be a twofer as it will greatly alarm them as well.

LSP said...

Ha, Tertullian!

"You do not worship the gods, you say; and you do not offer sacrifices for the emperors. Well, we do not offer sacrifice for others, for the same reason that we do not for ourselves — namely, that your gods are not at all the objects of our worship."

He does bang on though.