Friday, January 24, 2014

Curse of the womb

To keep up the sensibilities of the times, lest modern audiences confuse pregnancy with life, Jacob’s barren wife Rachel must be cursed with abundant fertility. Thus we read:

When Rachel saw that she was with child, she became jealous of her childless sister. So she said to Jacob, “Make me barren, or I’ll die!”

Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from professional pursuits?”

Apropos of the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Collin Garbarino at First Things compares abortion culture to human sacrifice in Carthage:

How is American abortion so very different from what the Carthaginians did? Priests killed their children in a temple, and abortionists kill our children in a clinic. Carthaginian parents expected favors from their gods if they offered their children. They expected a better life. Why do we abort our children?

Americans abort their children because they believe they’ll have a better life. Maybe they want better health by not undergoing the rigors of pregnancy. Maybe they expect that their career opportunities will be better without a child. Maybe they just don’t want to shop at Costco.

Carthaginians killed babies because they wanted a better life. We kill babies because we want a better life. The only difference that I can see is that the Carthaginians sacrificed children to their gods, while we just sacrifice them to ourselves.

David French writes at National Review about how the unborn have been sacrificed to ambition:

[Wendy Davis] as a very young lawyer doing the simple, ordinary work that thousands of young lawyers do, conceded custody of her child on the grounds that “it’s not a good time for me right now” to be the custodial parent.

I’m also shaking my head at the president of the United States, speaking on the anniversary of the legalized killing of tens of millions of children, justifying this slaughter because it gives the former parents the ability to “fulfill their dreams.”

Have you ever heard any president rest his case on such a nihilistic appeal? How do they recite the Lord’s Prayer at Trinity United? “My kingdom come, my will be done”?

Admittedly, Obama would say joining the Peace Corps or becoming a middle-class apparatchik is a more deserving dream to murder your child for than, say, “chasing after the big money.” Even if the latter coincidentally happens to pay for the former and produces the economic progress that liberals campaign on but have a hard time making happen.

All dreams being equal, however, misogynistic fetuses put far too many women’s dreams on hold, forbidding full equality with wombless men. As far as we’ve come, uncontrolled circumstances like homogametic pairing still affect outcomes in the real world to an intolerable degree. If only there were a way to circumvent the reproductive process altogether, we could have our cake and eat it, too. Until then, genocide will have to suffice.

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