Abortion, Again (sigh)

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:

PET PEEVE

n. Informal.

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.

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13 thoughts on “Abortion, Again (sigh)

  1. The comment about 60,000 fetuses who won’t become American citizens is amusing in light of how happily they’d risk the life of a pregnant illegal alien woman and her fetus to get her back across the border so she doesn’t have a little American citizen (btw, these same people have been pushing for a bill to end instant citizenship for simply being born in the US).

    You know, rhetoric is one thing, lies are another. He can say Tiller was a baby killer, but the part about “for any reason” is bullshit, and why him and Fox should be vilified. I can be unhappy with spin, but lies cross the line, especially for a supposed news channel. Report poorly, omit stories and facts, show things in just one light and only from one side if you must, but you can’t lie.

    The more I think about it, the more I see this Fox bullshit as win-win for the right. First, they win by flooding the airwaves with propaganda “news”. Then, if people ever realize that the news is bullshit, it’s very possible that they’ll not just distrust Fox, but ALL news. If people either stop watching news altogether or not trust what they watch, then when right wing pundits talk shit on campaign trails and such, how can people fact check what they say? In my experience, most of the “real Americans” who buy into this crap never fact check anyway, which is why they’re so easily duped, but imagine if they can expand that fog of ignorance. When you hear things you either want to hear or things that scare you and you feel you have nothing else to go by in order to trust what you hear other then your gut, that’s trouble.

  2. These anti-choice conservatives are not “pro-life”. One irony that occurred to me is that conservatives absolutely love the Spartan sandals and spears epic 300 as a movie about conservative values:

    http://conservativemovies.blogspot.com/2007/09/300-warner-bros-2006.html

    And yet, in the very beginning of the movie the narrator describes how newborn babies that are born with some kind of deformity or are deemed sickly are tossed off a cliff to die. To quote George Carlin on the anti-choice mindset, “If you’re pre-born, you’re fine. If you’re pre-school, you’re fucked.”

    Then there’s Bill O’Reilly (whom I have the displeasure of working in the same building with) who said on one of his programs that it is alright if al-Qaida blows up the Coit Tower in San Francisco because the city barred military recruiters or something along that line. He regularly indulges in assassination fantasies.

  3. how happily they’d risk the life of a pregnant illegal alien woman and her fetus to get her back across the border so she doesn’t have a little American citizen (btw, these same people have been pushing for a bill to end instant citizenship for simply being born in the US).

    Thank you so much for pointing that out, PhylliChief. I had no idea.

  4. Pregnant illegals try to come here to spawn to get that SS# for the niños. Later, they, as US citizens, can sponsor the rest of the family to become citizens. The Wingnuts want it to be that you have to have US citizen parents in order to have citizenship by birth. They’re quick to point out how other nations have this, which, aside from the fact that we’re the only nation with the big statue and the plaque that reads “give me your tired, your poor…”, is again hypocritical because they’ll be the first to denigrate other nations and thumb their noses at any of their laws or opinions.

    That’s one of the problems with ‘ends justify the means’ thinking. It inevitably leads to hypocrisy.

  5. Thanks for the link to the MSNBC story. I’ve updated my post accordingly.

    This statistic is appalling:

    Women should have access to legal abortion services, but in 87% of the counties in the entire country, they don’t.

    I never realized how staggeringly limited abortion services, which have been legal for most of my life, are in the USA. Are you sure we’re not a third-world country?

  6. I know there is value in being aware of what the other side is up to, and therefore watching Faux News from time to time. But in this age, we can easily keep up with them without watching. Advertisers don’t really care *why* you watch a certain channel or how horrendous their shows are; as long as you watch, they will buy ad time. So I’m going to suggest to everyone that you do as I’ve done for well over a year now and *never* watch. I hope this meme spreads.

  7. I never realized how staggeringly limited abortion services, which have been legal for most of my life, are in the USA. Are you sure we’re not a third-world country?

    Planned Parenthood in my town won’t do abortions. They only perform other reproductive health services. We have a Woman’s health clinic up the street from me, that at least one Christian keeps a vigil at at least 3 times a week, rosary beads and all. Sometimes it gets exciting and they have a bunch of protesters, with huge pictures of aborted fetuses. I’ve written about it a number of times here, as I drive right by it on the way to work every day. I think, but I’m not sure, that it’s the only place that provides abortions for quite a distance.

    That 87% figure was from Rachel Maddow the other night.

  8. Sean:
    I’ll check the link later (I’m at work now) – thanks – I’m sure it will be interesting.

    Off the top of my head, I’m not surprised that so many religious girls and women who get pregnant would get abortions. It’s excruciatingly embarrassing for an unmarried “good Christian girl” to get pregnant. I’ve seen and heard first-hand the condemnation and condescension that are dished out to such girls from their holier-than-thou co-religionists. It’s brutal and vicious.

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