May 29, 2019

Abortion in the Eye of the Beholder

Timothy Birdnow

Our old friend Tim McNabb posted about the "stigma of abortion" argument on Facebook. Tim made the following observation:

Here is Tim's comment

Nobody knows if you have an abortion, so I am not sure where the stigma comes from.
Yes, having a baby out of wedlock has some small social stigma, but this ain't the 1940s...
I am not sure if anyone cares if you do not have babies. Friends asking why, is not a stigma.

I think we are better off not treating people badly because of a lapse in judgement, but rather to come alongside our stumbling friends and help as best we can. I think this meme is a straw man argument.

I left the following comment:

Most of the arguments against Life are straw men. They are all designed to distract from the central point, that life is being taken for convenience. There is no social stigma anymore (which actually may be a big part of the problem.) Question; has anybody ever gambled with their unborn child? I mean, bet on, say, the Blues winning the Stanley Cup; if Boston wins then the woman gets an abortion, if the Blues win than a Boston woman has to do it. Ridiculous, you say? Why is that ridiculous if it's just a lump of tissue? I mean, it's not like they are gambling over REAL stakes....

If this is just a lump of tissue then we would take such a flippant attitude toward it as in my fictional bet. That people do not is illustrative of the fact they know there is something serious and even sacred involved. They then lie to themselves - and others - to justify what they know is a vile act.

This could make a good Outer Limists episode; an "abortion bet" in which the mother tries to welch and is pursued by her "friends".

It's just a lump of tissue - until a woman decides it is not.

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