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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Quick thought for the day

Just occurred to me today. I was thinking about people who put those 'Baby on Board' signs in cars. As Ben Elton comments in 'Inconceivable', do they expect us to deliberately ram into the back of them until we see the little yellow diamond? Nevertheless, it led me to thinking that children are seen as almost more valuable than adults in some ways. It is true that if a baby was in a car that crashed it would be seen as more tragic. There would be a slightly more heart-breaking tinge to the agony. The same goes for violence that affects children. Even though it is horrific to hear of women being raped or assaulted, I think it's fair to say that when paedophilia is involved, it turns our stomachs just that bit more. Or if not more, in a different, more revolting way.

Then it occurred to me: it's the exact opposite for children who exist within the womb. Before a child is born he is seen, by many, as a 'blood clot', 'lump of cells', or even, by some extreme feminists, as a 'parasite', feeding off the mother's body. The fact that abortion is legal up to full term for 'severely disabled' babies (not that severely is in any way satisfactorily explained in law) is telling of our willingness to postpone a being's status as human until after they've been born.

Until a child has actually exited the mother's body, he is given no rights whatsoever in our genocidal society. Yet as soon as the labour is over, as soon as the cord is cut, as soon as the first cry is heard - he gains status as precious and more valuable than most other members of society.

What a schizophrenic culture we live in.

2 Comments:

  • A thoughtful piece.

    Schizophrenia implies inability to control behaviour; whereas I suspect that this paradoxical approach has much more to do with suppressing the truth. Those who use foetuses for research don't want their mothers to know the truth about what they are aborting. But show a woman or man what a 10 week foetus looks like, and they (usually) won't think of it as a clot of blood or blob of jelly any more.

    Post-abortion trauma is a really sensitive issue and women who feel guilt from doing what they have been brainwashed into believing is okay need careful counselling, and to know that this sin too is forgivable.

    By Blogger Cora, at 12:59 pm  

  • Schizophrenia also implies the division of the mind though, and that's what I meant - it's a total double standard, similar to Schaeffer's comment that we build ramps for the disabled while killing them.

    By Blogger Bec, at 1:34 pm  

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