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Why Does A Fetus Have More Value Than A Woman?

April 27, 2010

Oklahoma has passed one of the most disgusting, invasive, and restrictive laws on reproductive rights yet. It’s reprehensible effects are two-fold: it forces women to view a pre-abortion ultrasound and condones doctors lying about patient health.

This post will focus and discuss the first part, while The Sangfroid will explore the latter.

This new law forces a woman who is choosing to undergo an abortion procedure to watch an ultrasound while a technician or doctor describes the fetus’s heartbeat, limbs, and organs. This includes cases of rape and incest.

Um, excuse me. Does a vet force someone to watch a video of puppies and kittens being shot gun blasted before performing euthanasia?

Why is it that once a woman gets knocked up, her rights and need become secondary to that of a fetus? Once she’s impregnated, she is regarded and treated simply as a breeder, a mobile uterus which must bow down to society over her own needs. Her rights, wants, feelings, and situation no longer matter. She MUST be a mother, god damn it, whether she is fit to be one or even desires it.

Some argue that a fetus has rights. Well, what about the rights and protections of the mother? Who better to make a decision regarding her own health and life than her, especially in a country where maternal death is on the rise? Each woman’s position is unique and characterized by individual experience; they cannot be lumped together in a sweeping generalization that they are sinners or somehow immoral. There are women who want children, and are under threat by the partner to abort, or who simply cannot afford it. Instead of villain-izing women, we should support those who want to be mothers, and those who don’t. Life is not a Juno movie–there is not always some cool, yuppie family who are financially able and willing to adopt a child. The foster care and adoption systems in the U.S. is rife with abuse and fraud, and the majority of children who enter it will not be adopted. Instead, they will grow up in group homes where they will never be hugged or hear the words, “I love you.”

Conservative restriction on a woman’s reproductive rights is the ultimate hypocrisy: they argue for a government which supports limited interference, privacy, and individual choice. Yet I cannot think anything that goes against these ideals more than telling a woman what she can and cannot do with her body, and what roles she should and should not fulfill.

Motherhood is not mandatory, it is a choice which is solely a woman’s, and no one else.

What do you think? Should a woman sacrifice her rights for that of a fetus?

Go forth and hate.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2010 6:33 am

    Excellent points!

  2. Dweller permalink
    April 28, 2010 7:02 pm

    You are correct, Motherhood is a choice. You can avoid the un-pleasant decision by keeping you legs together. If I got a girl pregnant, I take responsibility, and if I don’t, the law will force me to.

    As to your logic of comparing an ultrasound of an unborn baby vs. a video of a vet displaying movies of animals being shot, could you be more inane?

    If the law required that the aborting mother was required to watch a video of an abortion, your analogy might make sense.

    However, in that would of course, be logical. As I see it you do not have the logical skills to make such comparisons, so I will not dwell on it.

    Please continue to make these irrational and humorous statements. You will continue to entertain us with your lack of basic rhetorical skills.

    • April 29, 2010 7:22 am

      And you could avoid the unpleasant decision of paying child support by keeping your dick wrapped up. Sex is a two way street, bro.

      So out of this whole article all you want to complain about is that women have sex and you are unhappy with an analogy? Sorry, but name-calling and sexism doesn’t win hearts or minds. If you want to seem intelligent, please take the time to craft out a relevant response instead of sounding like an uninformed idiot.

  3. April 28, 2010 11:54 pm

    Here’s my question to pro-lifers….
    If that fetus you save grows up to be gay, will you still fight for its rights?

    • April 29, 2010 7:31 am

      Many pro-lifers have argued that they simply fight for the right for the fetus to have the chance to make choices as a human being, and if they do grow up to make ‘bad’ choices (being gay, having an abortion) then it isn’t their fault/they aren’t enablers and don’t have to care about its rights.

      Funny how they fight for a fetus to have a choice about life, but a pregnant woman can go fuck herself since she’s only a carrying case for a baby.

  4. July 9, 2010 6:34 pm

    Thank you for writing this!


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