Were you aware that June is Abortion Awareness Month?

Turn off images of modern day fanatics, white-racist-conservative-fundamentalists, Pro-Lifers who kill doctors, ugly and violent confrontations between fierce adversaries. Set aside for a moment the true observation that too many view abortion as all that matters and refuse to consider other life issues e.g., poverty and racism. Just for one moment, consider these shocking parallels between Abortion and Slavery:

1.Fate of certain human beings is dictated by financial and personal interests of others.

2.Courts establish who is human/non-human and use categories of partial humanness (slaves were called 3/5 of a person for legal purposes, fetuses lack all human rights).

3.The right to life and liberty are not inalienable for the fetus just as for slaves. They are a different category than the “all men who are created equal” Fetuses, like slaves of old, are held to receive their fundamental rights of life and liberty not “from God” but only if other more powerful people say they have them.

4.More powerful persons are also more valued in society and their rights trump the less powerful.

5.Less powerful fetuses like the slaves lack all legal standing and cannot advocate for themselves.

6.Fundamentally both slavery and abortion are economic and convenience issues. Slavery was considered by many a “necessary evil” to protect economic, political and social realities. So is abortion.

7.Overturning the injustice depends on unrelenting, courageous efforts of people who are labeled as “fanatics” just like the abolitionists of old were called this.
And, While we are at it, the following slogans apply the abortion rationales to Slavery.

Try these on for size and see how they feel:

1.“Let’s keep slavery safe, legal and rare.”
2.“I’m not pro-slavery, but I do think slave owners should have the right to choose how they run their plantation.”
3.“I am personally opposed to slavery, but I don’t want to impose my values on somebody else.”
4.“Slavery has been upheld by the US Supreme Court (Dred Scott), it is the settled Law of the Land.”
5.“We really can’t say the slave is a person.”
6.“Abolitionists are just trying to impose their extreme religious views on us.“

How do these slogans feel? How are they different than the current thinking?
J: I’m not surprised that you didn’t get past #1 because many who espouse a pro-"choice" stance would rather not think altogether.

One-liners are much easier to remember.

11 Responses to “Were you aware that June is Abortion Awareness Month?”

  1. Capt Cold Says:

    Not a bad arguement at all. I’m impressed.

  2. The Ingenious Hidalgo DonQuixote Says:

    so are you telling me to tune up the old vacuum or what?

  3. Booger Head Says:

    I’m a poached egg harumph harumph…

    I’m a poached EGG!!! harumph harumph…..?

  4. Acetone Huffer Says:

    Feel this.

  5. Yummy Says:

    The courts in Roe v Wade concluded that the status of a fetus’ life cannot be determined legally.

    If we change our laws to say that a fetus has the same life and rights as a born person, that could lead to a woman being charged with murder for having a miscarriage. This is why a fetus will never LEGALLY be considered a life and, therefore, abortion will stay legal.

    Keep in mind I said that a fetus is not legally a life. Morally, you may think it is. This is what is so great about choice. No one is forced to do anything they feel is wrong.

  6. brown9500v13 Says:

    Events in june:

    Adur festival The first two weeks of June every year.
    Madaraka Day June 1 to commemorate when Kenya gained internal self-rule.
    Flag Days of Sweden (June 6), United States (June 14—see Flag Day in the United States), Denmark (June 15), Argentina (June 20), and Romania (June 26).
    D-Day landings by Allied forces in Normandy, June 6, 1944.
    Kamehameha Day, on June 11, is a state holiday in Hawaii, US, honoring the first ruler of the one-time kingdom.
    Philippine Independence Day is on June 12.
    Feast of St. Anthony of Padua June 13
    United Kingdom – Trooping the Colour (Military celebration of the monarch’s official birthday held in London on the second Saturday of June)
    Bloomsday in Ireland, and worldwide among fans of James Joyce’s Ulysses June 16
    Youth Day in South Africa June 16
    The Comrades in South Africa June 16.
    Juneteenth, (aka Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) primarily in Texas June 19,
    "Martyrs Day" in Eritrea June 20
    West Virginia Day in the U.S. state of West Virginia June 20.
    The solstice called the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere occurs on dates varying from 22 June to 23 June (in UTC). In the pagan wheel of the year the summer solstice is the time of Litha and the winter solstice is that of Yule.
    Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec) June 24.
    Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, principal patrons of the Roman Catholic Church, June 29
    Mother’s Day (in Luxembourg on the second Sunday in June)
    Father’s Day (in Belgium on the second Sunday in June)(in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Ireland and Canada on the third Sunday in June)
    Midsummer is celebrated in Finland and Sweden on the third Friday in June.
    Gay pride celebrations take place in many countries in honour of the Stonewall riots.
    The majority of the Portland Rose Festival occurs.
    The first Monday in June is one of the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland; in the Irish Calendar the month is called Meitheamh and is the middle month of the summer season. Secondary schools are off during the month (and also July and August), while June is the last month in primary schools.
    The second Sunday in June is Canadian Rivers Day.
    Children’s Day celebrated in many eastern European countries including Poland, Slovakia, Romania as well as China and other countries throughout the world.
    Almost all of interleague play in baseball occurs in this month, with 15 of the 18 interleague games occurring this month. The other three are played on the third weekend in may (fri-sun).
    Ben Lacrooy’s birthday occurs.
    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea invades the Republic of Korea.

  7. J Says:

    I stopped reading at: "1. Fate of certain human beings…".

    See, that’s where we differ. To you, a fetus is a "human being". To me, it is a clump of cells that is legally, and otherwise, the sole property of the mother. Let’s agree to disagree.

  8. Your mom Says:

    Sorry, slaves were not connected to the body of another person. A woman does not suddenly lose her rights to her own bodily autonomy just because she becomes pregnant. Slavery is not comparable to abortion. A fetus does not even know it’s alive. It feels no emotional pain, it has no family to support or kids to orphan, it has a 20% chance of being naturally miscarried anyway.

    Unless you seriously claim that you would feel morally compelled to save a fertilized egg in a petri dish from a burning building because it’s a "human being."

    Furthermore, scientifically, an embryo or fetus is simply not "equivalent" in every way to a person like me and you. "An embryo is not a person," http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/04/sunday_sacrilege_an_embryo_is.php

    If the right wing was reasonable in their demands, and would take care to make abortion exceptions for women who were raped or ill, maybe some pro-choicers would take them more seriously. As it is, the "pro-life" camps, or at least the churches, obviously think women’s lives become worthless once they’re pregnant, to the point of ridiculousness. Such as a nun who was recently punished for allowing a woman to have an abortion who was seriously ill and would no doubt have died, thus killing both herself AND her unborn child: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37171656/ns/health-health_care . If that isn’t the pinnacle of stupidity, letting a woman die for no reason other than that she’s carrying around a mass of cells, I just don’t know what is.

  9. Soundra Says:

    Too many women are abusing the ability to have an abortion. The father has no rights.

  10. BabySpittle.com Says:

    discounts this month?

  11. seajay Says:

    Yes I am very much aware. I can not see how someone can be Christian and believe abortion is ok. In little over 28 days after conception a tiny developing heart is already beating in the pre born child in the womb. The child in the womb is therefore not a bunch of cells. The medical term "fetus" came into fashion so women do not have to use the term baby. The "product of conception" is another popular term. These are words of convenience. The child in the womb is not potentially a human being, she is rather a human being with potential.