Mrs. Q has gifted Ethics Alarms with another trenchant post. I almost framed it in her currently dormant (but still open!) column for Ethics Alarms, but I know Q is a perfectionist, and even though the comments she dashes off put most of us to shame, she would want a column entry to be carefully massaged.
Here is Mrs. Q’s Comment of the Day, in response to this post, and the Roe demise generally:
“We seek power and equality in society, and then we continually play the victim”.
Agreed. I saw a meme the other day (yes memes are reductionist) that captured a part of this whole debacle. It said something about being able to wear a mask for two years but not being able to wear a condom for 48 seconds.
Aren’t strong women supposed to be able to say ‘no’ to sex with men they don’t want babies with? Aren’t they able to practice self-care by taking care of their bodies during sex? Aren’t they smart enough to know that abortion carries risk and do what is necessary to not put themselves in that situation in the first place?
Apparently not. Apparently it’s men’s fault or the fault of the patriarchy or Trump or Catholics on the Supreme Court. It’s never a woman’s fault for making terrible disembodied choices that end a life.
You can’t be a strong woman if you won’t value yourself enough to stop sleeping with jerks. You can’t be a resilient woman if you refuse to take responsibility for your body before pregnancy (or STI’s). And you can’t be very smart if you deny basic biology in how pregnancies happen.
There is only one reason why I think early term abortion should be legal in this country. Because if its not, we’d see women slitting babies throats in the streets otherwise. According to this Quillette article, 10-15% of babies in history have died from infanticide, almost solely at the mother’s hands.
Essentially, we have to have a slightly less barbaric version of in utero baby killing to mitigate post-birth babies being left outside to die, being suffocated to death, or being killed by other means by their moms. This is what we’ve come to: sanitized murder of the most vulnerable of all humans because too many pregnant mothers will kill them after they are born.
You can call this women’s rights. I call it taxpayer-funded blood thirst by those who refuse to be accountable for their actions.