Thursday, January 24, 2008

Legalized abortion pt. 3 of 3

In my previous two blog entries, I had tried to discover a starting point for when the unborn are regarded as human to the point that they are considered as being under the protection of the law. As you have read, even when a simple definition point is used to determine when life begins - that is, birth - our society still has chosen to complicate the matter. Thus we get to the crux of the matter: Society complicates the definition of when life begins not for the sake of the unborn, but rather for themselves.

Throughout human history, we have always had a group of people that we considered "disposable"; that is, worthy only of being used and mistreated, and then discarded after we're done with them. For the longest time, even some of the more advanced civilizations had slavery. Even our country (the United States, for those readers who aren't in the U.S.) had slavery right up to 1865; this despite our founding documents saying "All men are created equal".

Why have even the advanced societies needed slaves? To do the dirty work. The slaves did the heavy, sweaty drudgery that those in power didn't want to do. Those in power also needed someone to blame for when things go wrong. From the days of the Roman empire when they persecuted the Christians right up to recent times when the Nazis killed millions of Jews, there has always been a quick and convenient group of people to blame. Of course, persecution of a people came before the Roman empire - and it continues in the post-Nazi years - in our present time - with legalized abortion.

The unborn are today's persecuted, oppressed people. However, even this form of persecution and oppression is hardly unprecedented. In the New Testament is the story of King Herod ordering the execution of any child under the age of 2 so that in the process, he could be assured that his prophesied successor will be killed in the process. What is unprecedented in our day is the scale - the sheer numbers - of these unborn executions, and the heavily institutionalized processes that have been incorporated to keep legalized abortion in the lawbooks.

And the greatest ironic tragedy in all this is legalized abortion's most ardent defenders: liberals and progressives. Liberalism traditionally had been the defender of the weak and helpless, but for some reason, they have chosen to be the defenders of a practice that preys upon the most weak and helpless of all in our society. How liberals got to be this way can be best explained as being sold the idea a little at a time. Now they are so far gone that to get them to change their views is akin to trying to change the course of a river.

I find it rather macabre that a group that calls themselves "progressives" can advocate something that is actually regressive as far as helping us to grow and develop as a society. That's like trying to improve our justice system by reintroducing practices such as stocks or disembowelment.

I have been trying to find a definition of the origins of life. However, I think that we already know when that is - and it isn't birth. Life begins at conception, for that is when a new being with its own genetic code is created, and it is a genetic code that they will have with them throughout their lives, however long that it may be. That is the most logical origin of life, because all other definitions tend to instead be describing later stages of development. Some of the proposed origins are "heartbeats and brainwaves", or "viability" (that is, the ability to live outside the womb", and of course, birth.

But these are not origins of life, the are instead convenient designations to justify ending the unborn's existence. For example, we would say "If it doesn't have a heartbeat or brain activity, then it isn't human yet", or "If it can't live outside the womb, then it isn't human yet", and so forth. And as I demonstrated in my two previous blog entries, even something as basic as birth for a definition of the origin of life isn't enforced consistently.

We are aware of the origins of life, because we keep trying to hide it as I've been detailing in these 3 blog entries. In psychological terms this is called denial, and denial has never been a good course of action when it comes to dealing with difficult situations in life. Fear also plays into this, as some women with problematic pregnancies often have their fears preyed upon by those who don't have the best intentions in mind. However, just like denial, fear is also not a good way to conduct one's life.

Granted, there are pregnancies that are indeed problematic, but fear and denial are not how to deal with them. They need love, patience, guidance and understanding. Way back in the early 1990's, one of then-president Bill Clinton's goals was to "make abortion rare". However, he advocates actions that will do nothing of the kind. The best way to make abortion rare is to first recognize the humanity of both the unborn and the pregnant mother, and to act accordingly.

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