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The always funny Onion faux news website had a crack at the pro-choice movement late last week with an article titled: ‘8th-Grade Health Class Squirms Throughout Entire Screening Of ‘Miracle Of Abortion’.

It’s a great little piece of satire which exposes some of the rather glaring flaws in the pro-choice ideology, particularly the ideas preached by some of its more dedicated priests and priestesses.

Firstly, it ridicules the mentality that abortion is something wonderful for women (calling it a ‘miracle’, etc.).

It’s sad that many feminists have been duped into betraying the very essence of feminism by embracing abortion as some sort of act of empowerment or emancipation – in reality it is one of the most vile attacks on the feminine genius, destroying the very life-giving essence, uniqueness and power of the feminine.

Secondly, it has a subtle dig at the vile double-standard which persists within our culture – the one where the majority claim that abortion is not homicide, or that it’s just a woman’s health issue, but at the same time they also want the number of abortions taking place each year to be reduced, because they think there’s too many of them happening.

(Just consider the comment: “I couldn’t even watch when they showed the doctor examining the uterine contents,” said Jessica Coleman, 13, noting that the whole process appeared unbearable to her. “I think I still want to have a kid aborted when I get older, but after watching this video, I think I’ll only have one.”)

But if abortion is not homicide, and it’s just a woman’s health issue, and there’s no harm involved, then why should there be any problem at all with such a high number of abortions taking place each year? No one complains that there’s too many pap smears, or life-saving operations on women’s reproductive cancers happening each year.

Oh that’s right, perhaps abortion is not like those other things, and it’s not so ethical and risk-free after all, despite what the aging cohort of diehard pro-choice activists want us to believe.

Finally, it ridicules the way in which abortion has become the ultimate ‘contraceptive’ of choice for people who want to have their sex cake and eat it too.

We’ve got a whole group of people in our society who now think of abortion only in terms of themselves and their wants and needs (‘my rights’, ‘my autonomy’, etc, etc).

The only problem is that, as the poet John Donne rightly reminded us:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Our rights are always exercised within a society, and therefore they are also inextricably tied to responsibilities.

It’s all good and well to talk of personal autonomy and rights within the abortion debate, but if all your rights talk is merely code for ‘we shouldn’t have to be responsible for the lives of the totally dependent human beings that our sexual choices brought into existence’, then what you’re talking about is not rights, but rather a grave and ugly  selfishness.

Of course, if you live in such a reality, then, as the Onion rightly points out, abortion is going to be a miracle – the miracle ‘get out of jail free’ card that allows us to create new human beings and then dispose of them at will if we don’t want to be responsible for our sexual actions and choices.

 

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