Inspection- Standing My Ground on Abortion

by Ken Carman


  I don’t believe in forced birth, via the state, anymore than I believe in forced abortion.
  Yes, I believe people should think twice before they have sex, just like I believe they should think twice when getting married. But I wouldn’t ban divorce anymore than I would outright ban abortion. Both are, however, choices one should have, with certain limits, those limits providing as wide latitude as possible so “equal protection” applies to most folks. Otherwise the morality lectures, the melodrama, belong in our churches, our families: not in our laws.
  A fetus is not a “baby.” A “baby” has been born. Should we have more respect for the fetus? Absolutely. I firmly believe in regulating abortion, within reason. I don’t believe in regulations with the obvious, actual, intent of banning abortions, or making it so hard to get one poor people, or people in rural areas, are basically blocked from getting them. If for no other reason than that’s misuse of law making. If you want to ban abortions advocate for that. Sneaking in the back door via regulations should be banned, legislators who attempt it sanctioned.
 A fetus should not have more rights than the mother, those who have been born. A child has less rights than an adult, this should be true for the fetus as well, only more so. Why? Because they haven’t been born yet.
 If you want to pull funds from Planned Parenthood, pull them from abortion services, not from the other health care and birth control services that prevent abortions. Make a big show of it… a “big show” of doing nothing, since no public funds go to their abortion a and, uh, they’re already banned.
 Unless you can prove they are illegally using public funds for abortions. Go ahead. Try to prove it. Can’t? Then this is all one big lie, propagandistic talking point.
  The mother should never be treated as if her womb is the property of the state. If I must choose between the state deciding, and the mother, I choose the mother. I understand many mothers make bad, to horrific, choices. I also understand so does the state, which is far more dangerous to the general public than any one mother’s private decision, or even many individual mothers deciding. Letting the state decide for all is far too dictatorial, authoritarian, for my taste, in comparison.
  Birth control should be fully supported, and completely available. Want less abortions? Bingo. Once again, the morality of such belongs in family discussions and sermons from the pulpit.
  Planned Parenthood does not “sell baby parts.” Just like a heart in transport isn’t transported for free, yes, there are fees. Fetal tissue has proven highly viable in research to save lives, improved lives.
 But if you are truly gorfed out by any of this, then you are free to advocate, but advocate honestly. Advocate for all cures, and medical procedures, that have been derived from use of fetal tissue being banned. Advocate for a ban for all transplants and use of human parts. Advocate that any vaccines derived from such research, in any way, should be banned, and any doctor giving any of this, and patient receiving any of this, should be prosecuted and given the death penalty.
 If you’re in the hospital and you’re told you can’t survive without some procedure or treatment derived from use of fetal tissue, refuse such. Do the “noble,” “ethical,” thing: die.
  That would be honest.
  Oh, and lastly: stop calling yourself “pro-life.” You’re obviously not.
 You’re pro state control.

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Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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