That sigh is with an heavy, almost anguished heart. The nut cases are at it again. Abortion has become the focus of the national news, with another doctor gunned down by an anti-abortion, religious megalomaniac. I cannot, in good conscience, apply the term “pro-life” to people who commit murder over their pet peeve, or to any of the people who support murder as a tool to exterminate a pet peeve.
I don’t use the term “pet peeve” lightly, because that’s really all the anti-abortion complaints rise to the level of. Stripped of all the rhetoric, all abortion opponents are against abortion because of their religious beliefs. Beliefs that tell them that abortion is the destruction of human life. (So are fingernail clippings.) More specifically, their belief in a soul, coupled with another belief that the soul exists at conception, supports their ire. Do you see a pattern here? Religious beliefs. Belief in a soul. Belief relating to conception. It’s all about their feelings, i.e their beliefs, about what is right and wrong, upon which they form their morality. They believe that a mass of cells smaller than the head of a pin deserve to continue to grow, without regard for what the host of those cells wants, needs or feels is necessary. There is not a shred of evidence for this supposed soul, yet they believe their feelings, their religious based feelings, concerning this soul trumps the actual rights and feelings of women; real, live, living and breathing women. The individual anti-abortionist has no stake in the individual abortion. It’s not their pregnancy, it’s someone else’s. It just bothers them that someone else gets to enjoy relative consequence-free sexuality, and they don’t, because their religious beliefs won’t allow it. That’s the very definition of a pet peeve:
Something about which one frequently complains; a particular personal vexation.
The real problem with the abortion question is not the claimed millions of abortions, it’s the actual damage caused by the domestic terrorists who form the anti-abortion movement. I’m talking about domestic terrorism that actually works, that is accomplishing its intended effect. Women should have access to legal abortion services, but in 87% of the counties in the entire country, they don’t. This is a direct result of the fear that has been placed in ordinary doctors and other health professionals who would, under less stressful circumstances where they don’t have to fear assassinations and bombings, conduct the simple, out-patient medical procedure that improves the lives of many women, and the families they live in.
Worse, there is an actual need for late term abortions. Despite propaganda by the anti-abortion forces, women do not lightly have an abortion of a child in the third, or even second trimester, unless they have a good, medical reason for doing so. Often, they don’t find out about serious physical and mental anomalies of the fetus they carry, until they are far along in their pregnancy. Faced with the birth of a child with serious birth defects, not to mention a life threatening delivery, they will often find a need for a doctor who will perform late term abortions.
Dr. George Tiller was one of only three doctors in the country who had the courage to perform late term abortions. Now there are only two, and you can bet those remaining are having serious conversations with themselves about continuing their practices. These doctors perform a service, yet people like the despicable Bill O’Reilly call them “baby killers” and “executioners” over and over again on one of the most watched cable news programs in the country, whipping the religious nut-cases like Scott Roeder into a frothy rage, and then take no responsibility for their speech. Watch Keith Olbermann about Bill O’Reilly, then get mad:
There hopefully will be a special place in hell for Bill O’Reilly.
Oh, wait. There is no hell.
Damn, what a time to be an atheist.