Or I would be, if I had ever had an abortion.
Perhaps that’s not what Matt Emerson meant when he compared a woman’s right to choose to the events of 9/11, 2001, but that’s certainly how it read (and remember kiddies, intent is not magic).
Emerson is talking specifically about abortions that remove one twin, or one or two triplets, and leave one fetus intact. He says that such abortions mean we’re in the future hypothesized in Brave New World, because human life has no value.
Apparently the only human life that should have value is life that hasn’t even been born yet, life that hasn’t taken breath, life that hasn’t experienced what the world is like, life that hasn’t lived. Certainly more value should be applied to a fetus than the living, breathing, thinking woman* carrying that fetus. Obviously she’s as bad as a terrorist if she aborts one fetus out of two because she can’t give the same standard of care to each child. How selfish. Destroying our American values.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but by and large taking care of one’s own health, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual, is not a terrorist act. Neither is choosing to have fewer children, for whatever reason — be it concern about over-population or concern over one’s own ability to take care of three children.
Comparing this choice to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, in which nearly 3,000 people died — young, old, short, tall, fat, skinny, religious, areligious, male, female, and everything in between — is fucking abhorrent. What thinking, feeling person could compare abortion to the greatest terrorist attack to hit U.S. soil? Attacks that shaped a nation?
My choice to have one child or three, two or none, is going to affect me and very few other people — my mom, my partner, my friends (if I have a child and they never see me again because being a parent is a full-time job). It certainly won’t cause the deaths of 2,996 people to promote a vicious agenda of fear and chaos, forcing Americans to give up liberty for security.**
Dear Goddess. I honestly can’t believe that I even had to write this blog entry — that there was anything to provoke such anger from me. Every time I think we’ve taken a step forward, we take a giant leap backwards.
As of today, I’m viewing the comparison of 9/11 to anything as mild as abortion as the new Godwin’s Law. You can call it Loon’s Law, after me.