In the seventeenth century, Galileo was famously forced, after a complex process with fault on both sides, to recant his position, but is then said to have muttered, eppur si muove (“And yet, it [the earth] moves.”) Nancy Pelosi and all like her who self-righteously have spoken of bringing back science-informed public policy have now reached a Galileo moment of their own. Party politics may dictate that you pretend the science is not indisputable, but we’re waiting now for someone prominent with a D for party affiliation to mutter: “And yet, it’s alive.”
With all due respect to Robert Royal, it does not necessarily follow that abortion is wrong from the premise that abortion is murder. The commandment to not murder, the one atheists and secularists argue can be reached logically without a deity’s imposition, is not binding on those with a different deity, or on those who subordinate the deity to Marxist ideology. Priorities, after all.
For Marxists/nominal Catholics like Nancy Pelosi, abortion is not a moral issue. It is a power issue, a struggle for power between men, the bourgeoisie, and women, the proletariat. Hence women, victims of the biological lottery in being the only sex capable of bearing children, “level the playing field” by reversing that biology; so, the only interest one has in restricting abortion is to keep women down.
Leading feminist Camille Paglia boldly admits abortion is murder, but this has no effect on her pro-choice outlook:
My argument has always been that nature has a master plan pushing every species toward procreation and that it is our right and even obligation as rational human beings to defy nature’s fascism.
Despite that all adults, male and female, begin life in the womb, the imagined right to end that life belongs exclusively to women. There is no morality that trumps the class struggle. Morality is a prison to keep women from reaching parity with men. Punishing them with a baby, to paraphrase the ostensibly Christian American president, “will banish women’s voice from the core of our political life,” as the atheist former Australian prime minister predicts. Interesting how often those two worldviews coincide when the Christian is a liberal Democrat.
Last week, Texas State Rep. Wendy Davis filibustered an abortion regulatory bill. Charles C. W. Cooke writes:
The law that Wendy Davis and her fellow “pro-science” acolytes so bravely stood against would have rendered it illegal to kill the child after [20 weeks in the womb]. And when I say kill, I mean kill. I mean break bones, rip apart limbs, crush skulls, drain fluids, still a beating heart, annihilate a brain that is capable of dreaming, and crush a nervous system. I mean: Kill.
It’s obvious to any honest person presented with the facts of prenatal development that the “lifeless clump of cells” in the womb is a human life. Abortion is murder. That doesn’t matter to some.
How do you persuade such people to become pro-life? I prefer to guilt them by shredding their self-serving premises, appeal to their long-term wants in life, and highlight the destruction that abortion and other effects of the sexual revolution have wrought on the civil society. For people who are lost in search of meaning in the notion of an unlimited self, comfort and confidence can be found in acknowledging the limits of human nature and past models of success.
This article was adapted from “Life of Julia (Gillard)” at the Red Pill Report.