I hadn’t meant to write more on the subject of abortion for awhile but I can’t not write about this. The quote above says, “The pro-abortion camp needs to realize they’re killing people.”
It turns out they do–and they don’t care.
Planned Parenthood is trying to remarket their product. Now the most lucrative baby-aborting business in the country is willing to admit that what is in the womb is a life–with a twist: so what?
In her column “So what if abortion ends life?” Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon.com acknowledges shamelessly that pro-“choice” people know it’s a baby but that the baby’s life just isn’t as important as the mother’s plans for her life.
“Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. 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. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. 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.
“When we on the pro-choice side get cagey around the life question, it makes us illogically contradictory. I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of “scraping out a bunch of cells” and then a few years later were exultant over the pregnancies that they unhesitatingly described in terms of “the baby” and “this kid.” I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. Why can’t we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but that it’s pretty silly to pretend that what was growing inside of them wasn’t the same? Fetuses aren’t selective like that. They don’t qualify as human life only if they’re intended to be born.
“When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand: first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term, dancing around the issue trying to decide if there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person. Are you human only when you’re born? Only when you’re viable outside of the womb? Are you less of a human life when you look like a tadpole than when you can suck on your thumb?
“. . . The majority of women who have abortions – and one in three American women will–are already mothers. And I can say anecdotally that I’m a mom who loved the lives she incubated from the moment she peed on those sticks, and is also now well over 40 and in an experimental drug trial. If by some random fluke I learned today I was pregnant, you bet your ass I’d have an abortion. I’d have the World’s Greatest Abortion.
“My belief that life begins at conception is mine to cling to. And if you believe that it begins at birth, or somewhere around the second trimester, or when the kid finally goes to college, that’s a conversation we can have, one that I hope would be respectful and empathetic and fearless. . . In an Op-Ed on “Why I’m Pro-Choice” in the Michigan Daily this week, Emma Maniere stated, quite perfectly, that “Some argue that abortion takes lives, but I know that abortion saves lives, too.” She understands that it saves lives not just in the most medically literal way, but in the roads that women who have choice then get to go down, in the possibilities for them and for their families. And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.” (Italics mine)
Back to Jessica: To me there is absolutely no difference between the reasoning of Mary Elizabeth Williams and that of Adam Lanza. What Williams says with words–and is willing to tell her next baby with a scalpel if necessary–Lanza said with an assault rifle: Your life is not as important as mine. Your right to life is not even as important as my rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!
Albert Mohler has an excellent commentary on Williams’ appalling views, “Rare Candor from the Culture of Death”
NOTE: Jerry and I were interviewed in the first seven paragraphs of the article pictured above. Click on it to enlarge type. The reporter got Jerry’s daughter’s name wrong. She has told her story publicly at pro-life events so she doesn’t mind it being known but it isn’t Sharon.