So I was listening to National Petroleum Radio as Oaktown Girl calls it the other day and heard the news that once again, the never-ending debate over abortion had been ratcheted up a notch due to a recent Supreme Court decision. Nothing sets my teeth grinding like that topic, except possibly driving behind very slow drivers from other nations on Beacon Ave. South in south Seattle when I’m late. I’m late a lot… But I digress.
The never-ending debate over our unwanted children is how I consider the abortion issue. Viability, pain thresholds, visible proof of life, murder, God, responsibility, God, did I mention teeth grinding? I feel the blood pressure rising in my temples just thinking about it - that happens way too much nowadays too - and I’ve come up with my own solution to the issue of our unwanted children. ‘Cause that’s what we’re talking about. Children their parents don’t want. We’ve got a lot of live ones in that category.
Not just in the US. It’s a global, human issue. Unwanted progeny.
Another National Petroleum Radio article a few days later described the living conditions of children in orphanages in Russia. Painful stuff, if you care about kids. Children left tied to cribs, fed, but not changed, not interacted with. Literally left to rot. Better off alive or dead? That’s the real question, isn’t it? And what always bothers me about the “pro-life” movement is the way they’re all about saving life until 2 seconds after the child exits the vagina, after which they plain don’t give a good Goddamn. Societies that give a damn don’t let children fall through all the cracks that exist in our country and many others. Children - the renewable resource. Bear a lot, loose a few. Crass? Uncomfortable? Sure. But way true.
I have two sons, so I’ve talked to the older about what I call the current human dilemma of scientific progress versus the human libido. I tell him that the brain is way behind the current news on sanitation, nutrition, medical advances, etc. So the brain tells the human to reproduce early and often so that we can lose one child to the tiger, several to disease, infected wounds, and rotted food, several more to natural disasters, and let’s not forget wars with maybe one or two left to survive to adulthood and do it all again. That’s where the brain is.
Of course, we don’t need to reproduce at the rate the brain pushes us to anymore - but it’s an old habit and hard to break. And we’ve had lots of sanctioned and unsanctioned options for getting rid of unwanted children for quite a while. Undoubtedly since the concept of “unwanted” got paired with “child” many a human age ago. So what to do? Those who proudly wear the badge “pro-life” would tell us it’s all about control. No doubt about it, they are right - it IS about control; something a large segment of our population has demonstrated for time out of mind that we chose not to exercise.
The abortion question, focusing on life versus murder, is not addressing the real issue. No woman who’s had an abortion really thinks in the terms that the abortion debate utilizes. She’s under pressure. The pressure usually comes from 3 sources: the father, family, and society at large. She’s probably felt that sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach when a man she thought she had some emotional connection with told her he didn’t want their child. She may have looked at her financial situation and knows she won’t be able to support a child. Her parents may have threatened to abandon her. Her relationship may have been frowned on by society at large. These are the women the debate is focused on-not the rape victims etc that are trotted out for display.
At it’s most basic level, the abortion debate is about controlling others. So I say to hell with showing pregnant women their unborn fetus on ultrasound. Let’s take it one step further. Let’s say every pregnancy test includes a genetic test. No child shall be called fatherless again. Then let’s go out and locate dad and all the immediate living relatives - that would be grandparents, aunts and uncles. Let’s corral them in a conference room at the abortion clinic and they can all look at the picture of the fetus. Then let’s pass around a legal document to be signed by all present swearing responsibility for the emotional, physical, and mental development of said child to adulthood. But let not the meddling and controlling stop there. Let’s assign a government watchdog to follow that child through to adulthood and ensure there is no abuse. Abuse equals child removed from home and ALL relatives who signed that form pay child support while someone not related to the child raised him/her. I anticipate that this will generate quite a few jobs. Always look on the bright side! Every child will be born and cared for and I will never have to hear the abortion debate again. Hallelujah, praise the appropriate Deity!
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