“Every (fetus’) life is sacred”

13 Aug

(Originally posted to the Communty section of MyMedia)

In the great abortion debate, a couple of things are usually omitted by the “every fetus’ life is sacred!”* brigade.

For one, men can–and do–impregnate women and walk away with zero consequences, all the time.

Yes, yes, yes; women can demand paternity tests and whatever, and go to court, and spend YEARS trying to get some child support from them. A hell of a lot of the time, fathers shrug their financial (and emotional) responsibilities off, and go on their merry way.

And you know what? No one ever says to men of any age, “Abortion is murder, stop having sex!” while all over the place, men will snark at women, “if you don’t want to get pregnant, stop having sex, you slut!”

But gee, you know, it *does* take a man’s sperm inside a woman’s body for pregnancy to happen. Funny that.

Another fact often bypassed by so-called ‘pro-life’ advocates is the fact that women’s bodies belong to women, and that pregnancies take a toll on women’s health. For them, the moment sperm meets ovum, the woman in whose body this happens, stops being a fully autonomous human being. Her life and health cease to matter. Only the zygote’s wellbeing matters–and that only until it is born.

Because if the mother is too young, too poor, too ill, already has more children than she can support, etc etc etc…well, that’s not the so-called pro-lifers problem, is it? That woman could have chosen *not* to get pregnant, by not having sex–the slut.

Which bypasses the many pregnancies that are the result of continued sexual abuse (particularly of minors) or of rape.

But you know what? When we start defending abortion only by pointing out pregnancies from abuse and rape, we are still short-changing women.

Women, even women using multiple contraception methods, always risk conception when they have intercourse. We have the uterus, after all.

And many women simply cannot *afford* reliable contraception methods.

Regardless of which, the moment we start demanding that women justify their decisions over their own body, we are stating, unequivocally, that women are simply vessels (hosts, is you will) for men’s sacred seed, and not fully capable human beings.

Today’s rant brought to you by this post, by Dr Jen Gunther.

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* Yes, I’m totally humming “every sperm is sacred” right now

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2 Responses to ““Every (fetus’) life is sacred””

  1. katesherwood793 14/08/2017 at 7:49 AM #

    I like your response, and really appreciate the link to the original article. I see a bookmarking in its future…

    • azteclady 14/08/2017 at 9:07 AM #

      Thank you; as I grow older, I’ve run out of patience with all these “all life is sacred!” crowd that gives zero fucks for the lives of women, or for the lives of all those unwanted children, once they are born.

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