A Response to Conservatives Re: Abortion

Yesterday’s post on the Wendy Davis filibuster has generated some interesting discussion on Facebook (on my sister’s wall, actually, not mine). Some conservative friends have passionately voiced their opinion that abortion is right up there with slavery in terms of historical evils, and I just thought I’d put my answer out there for those who can’t see it.

X (and others like X), I do hope that you actually read my post, which was intended to lay out for my primarily left-leaning readership precisely the concerns that inform your passionate stance. It is not a stance that I share because like many pro-choice folks, I believe that keeping abortion safe, legal, and accessible is as much a matter of life and death as you believe restricting it is. If you would like more detail as to why, consult the testimony that was read before the Texas Senate the other day. Restricting access to abortion does in some cases cause women to lose their lives. Getting an abortion is quite often a choice between two appalling options. 

There are many on the pro-choice left, however, who regard the pro-life position as primarily motivated by misogyny, which is a generalization that also vexes me. They are as unwilling to compromise on this as your are and in some cases believe you are evil. Given that some conservative legislatures wish to head in a direction where I could be prosecuted for having a simple miscarriage, it’s not hard to see how the rhetoric gets there.

But if those are the terms upon which this debate is going to move forward, that seems like a problem. I’m interested instead in having this discussion on the basis of sound medical science and with a full understanding of the circumstances that make abortions necessary, not on sweeping moral pronouncements that leave no room for the messy, often heartbreaking complexities of real life.

1 thought on “A Response to Conservatives Re: Abortion

  1. The great George Carlin said it best:Why, why, why, why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place, huh? Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re pre-born, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked.

    Conservatives don’t give a shit about you until you reach “military age”. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they’ve been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. Pro-life… pro-life… These people aren’t pro-life, they’re killing doctors! What kind of pro-life is that? What, they’ll do anything they can to save a fetus but if it grows up to be a doctor they just might have to kill it?They’re not pro-life. You know what they are? They’re anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don’t like them. They don’t like women.They believe a woman’s primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.http://lybio.net/george-carlin-pro-life-abortion-and-the-sanctity-of-life/comedy/

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