Megan Huntsman is being persecuted. Prosecuted and persecuted for allegedly making a choice. An alleged choice that she must have grappled with torturously. She decided she did not want to be a mother and terminated her post-birth fetuses and put them in boxes in her garage, according to the charges.
Police say that Ms. Huntsman has admitted to conducting this medical procedure, and why shouldn’t she admit to it? Why shouldn’t she have the freedom to make decisions about her life and her body, and why shouldn’t society herald her bravery in doing so?
Melissa Harris-Perry said as much a few months ago, confidently declaring that life begins when the woman feels like it. Cecile Richards has, for her part, insisted that the issue of life is irrelevant to the matter entirely, and Obama famously professed that, although he has taken a position on abortion, the job of formulating a theory that would justify that position is really quite above his pay grade.
So if the definition of ‘life’ hinges on the mother’s emotional willingness to call it life, and if the whole subject is irrelevant and impossible to quantify anyway, then who are you to tell Megan Hunstman that her post-birth fetuses were ‘people’ and had ‘human rights’?
Pregnancy is an incredible burden on a woman; who are we to tell her what to do with her own body?
But if the fetus is a person, or a human, or at least some entity distinct from the mother, then, our argument goes, its DEPENDENCE on the mother’s body means that it cannot claim any rights which would supersede her own.
A fetus isn’t fully developed, so it isn’t a person.
Full physical development — i.e. personhood — does not occur, for most fetuses, until they are 26 or 27 years old.
Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.
In other words, butt out. None of your business. It doesn’t concern you. Ms. Hunstman could say all of these things, and I’m sure she has.
Without abortion, there will be a lot of unwanted children, who Republicans will refuse to provide with food stamps and welfare.
In any case, as we have established, once a fetus is ‘unwanted,’ it will be destined to a pointless life of misery and sadness. Why should we, as a society, only have the opportunity to alleviate them of that burden while they are in the womb? If they are unwanted in the womb, they will be unwanted out of it. This was a point on which Margaret Sanger — the founder of Planned Parenthood — was very clear. Those who might be a drain on society must be exterminated.
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