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There's been a lot of chatter in pro-life circles about the Salon article by Mary Elizabeth Williams, So What if Abortion Ends Life? I confess the article sickens me. It illustrates the new abortion approach which can be summarized as the "bully strategy....Hey, I'm bigger than you are so I get to be the boss!" Here's a 40 plus woman who says, "Yes, life begins at conception, so what?" In other words, it doesn't matter whether the little one in the womb is a human life; the mother's choice trumps the baby's right to life. And it's only "wingnuts" on the right who want to intimidate people like her who want to have "conversations" about which lives are worth living and who gets to kill whom. Here's some of what she says with my comments in red:
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live [watch out for those who want to take something simple like, "Thou shalt not murder." and make it complicated]: All life is not equal. [Right! That's what Hitler thought when he called the Jews subhuman and it's what Stalin thought when he starved the Ukranians to death and what Plutarco Calles thought when he murdered priests and Catholics in Mexico.] That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers.
[Isn't that what you are? After all, you get to decide whose life is worth living.] Yet a fetus [There's that dehumanizing word. It's "just" a fetus, or a kike, or a nigger, or a mackerel snapper, or a gook, or a chink, or a pollack.] can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. [Why does this remind me of mein fuhrer?] Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her.Always. [And a newborn is autonomous? How about an elderly person in advanced Alzheimer's?]
....They ["wingnut" prolifers] believe that if we call a fetus a life they can go down the road of making abortion murder.[It is murder: the deliberate killing of an innocent person.] And I think that’s what concerns the hell out of those of us who support unrestricted reproductive freedom.[i.e., abortion on demand through all nine months for no reason or any reason]
But we make choices about life all the time in our country. We make them about men and women in other nations. We make them about prisoners in our penal system. We make them about patients with terminal illnesses and accident victims. We still have passionate debates about the justifications of our actions as a society, but we don’t have to do it while being bullied around by the vague idea that if you say we’re talking about human life, then the jig is up, rights-wise. [Pardon me, but bullies are big people who beat up and even kill smaller, weaker people -- like the babies in the womb. Duh!]If you click on this gal's hotlinks, you reach articles about drones killing civilians, the death penalty, right-to-die laws, and taking someone off life support. Apparently, this panoply of situations, some of which are morally neutral, in her mind justify the murder of the baby in the womb whom she is careful to label "a fetus" anytime during the nine months of pregnancy. This is the same old argument the strong have always used to justify killing the weak. And it's instructive to remember that blacks at one time were ruled 2/3 of a person by the Supreme Court. Babies waiting to be born apparently aren't even worth that much.
All I can say about Mary Elizabeth Williams is I sure wouldn't want her to have my medical power of attorney. Somehow I think making her "the boss" would be very dangerous indeed.