November 27th, 2007

Tully

Exploration on Gender roles and Abortion.

Sometimes I think that society doesn't know what to do with gender distinctions. There's a lot of people who campaign for complete equality between the sexes; I think that there should be completely equal rights, but that men and women are created differently and perhaps more segregation between gender distinctions needs to be clarified. What does it mean to be male or female?

Anyway, these are some quotes from some of the very first women's right activists on what they thought of abortion:

"Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!"
-Susan B. Anthony

"When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit."
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"The custom of procuring abortions has reached such appalling proportions in America as to be beyond belief...So great is the misery of the working classes that seventeen abortions are committed in every one hundred pregnancies."
-Emma Goldman

"When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society - so when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged."
-Mattie Brinkerhoff

"Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women."
-Alice Paul

I don't like the word "rights", I much prefer the word "responsibility." A women may claim that she has the right to do to her body what she wants, while ignoring the responsibility she has towards her unborn child. We become upset when kittens are run over by cars, and yet breathe a sigh of relief at the death of a burden; a child that God knits in the mother's womb (Psalm 139:13)

I know that many people are going to add their 2c to this topic (and I already know that so many people disagree with me). But before you do, please consider that I see abortion as murder. The only reason why an fetus should be aborted is when it is risking the life of the mother. People say that having this belief isn't fair on women. But when I consider all the children that have died as the result of selfishness and thoughtlessness, that isn't fair.

We think that child molesting is so horrible, but turn a blind eye to the atrocities that are being committed every day on children that haven't been born yet, just because they aren't yet born. Therefore, somehow, not making them human yet. Where is the line between human and not? I say there isn't a line. Right before the sperm and egg meet, to the actual conception; that is the line. Right then is contained everything that needed for that little zygote to transform into a human adult.