Pro-life notes

-As a matter of policy, it’s easier to explain the choices one thinks shouldn’t exist than the lives one thinks shouldn’t exist.

-In one sense, all sides agree that it is getting rid of a person: a woman’s career would not be intolerably inconvenienced by having to deal with a mere pet.

-Neither a pet nor a benign tumor can give that tremor of realization that, given the state we are in, everything is different now.

-The upshot is that even if the entities aborted are not persons, in killing them we are still acting to eliminate a concrete individual. We are no longer doing what contraception or even abstinence does: trying to avoid conception in general or a baby in general. Now we are avoiding an entity with a fixed birthday. It may not be a person now, but if this is the case then you are not trying to strike out what it is now.

-I remember in the ’80’s that getting an abortion could be dramatic and even funny: cf. Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Airplane!  The humor died early on, and now most of the drama is from characters who find a way to avoid abortion. True, we have come to see the act as “tragic”, but it is a peculiar sort of tragedy that cannot make the protagonist pitiable or able to evoke sympathy from the audience. All the same, we wouldn’t use abortion as a tool to make us dislike an antagonist either.

-Pregnancy is now seen as intrinsically alienating in sexual relationships, since the flip-side of total autonomy and independence is being totally on ones own. The very act that builds society is so autonomous that it isolates from all society. A woman who was a day before in a relationship, a part of a family, or a girl among a circle of friends, all of a sudden finds out she is pregnant and the whole stage goes dark, leaving her alone in a single spotlight. 

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