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November 9, 2011

A Great Puzzlement

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 8:14 am
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Yesterday voters in Mississippi defeated an act that would define a fertilized ovum as a “person.” This idea is wildly illogical. Consider the fact that if a women were to experience fertilization of one of her ova and then die, there is no chance that fertilized ovum could survive. No medical procedure, no “act of God,” no nothing could save that “person.” I have always felt that a person, even though they need extreme levels of medical help, has to be able to exist on his or her own to be considered a person. So, why is this bizarre measure being voted on or being prepared to be voted on in several states and in the U.S. House and Senate?

It is another end run on Roe v. Wade by the anti-abortion folks.

Ah, that explains a lot. (An abortion would become murder of a person under this law.) Abortion is still the hottest topic among Republicans. For example, the U.S. House of Representatives has banned the spending of federal funds for the purposes of abortion, which is already the law of the land, seven times since the beginning of the year. This “re-banning” apparently is why they have not had time to address the jobs issue.

What I find puzzling is that no one challenges the rationale for this stance. The current situation we have now is one finely balanced. Prior to advances in medicine a child became a person at birth (and often died shortly thereafter). But as premature births became more and more viable, abortions late in the gestation period have become less and less available. It was not that long ago that a baby born just one or two weeks prematurely had a low chance of survival. Now babies born one or two months premature can have a reasonable chance of survival. Our laws are adjusted to acknowledge these advances.

And the Republicans want to do away with them. Why? They claim they take this stance because “life is sacred.” This is quite puzzling because these self-same folks are also big advocates of the death penalty. “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord” . . . except in Texas where it is the Governor. That issue aside, let’s see if this rationale stacks up.

These folks are almost universally fundamentalist Christians. Their God created all men and women in his own image . . . apparently a fairly shallow image, because immediately after creating the first man and the first woman, they are cast out of Paradise because of disobedience of the house rules. They proceed to have three sons but not before one of the first two sons kills the other.

It gets so bad that the creator decides to kill all of the people, save a single family to start over with, and all of the animals except two of each, a genuine mass extinction event. No criticism ever touches their god for faults or errors made in creation as he “is perfect,” but somehow his creations are not, which seems at best contradictory.

As it turns out, though, all people are granted eternal life, which is some compensation I guess, but apparently the vast majority of people, aka non-Christians, spend eternity roasting in the fires of Hell. Actually, most Christians are destined to roast in Hell also, as the Gospels state clearly that lapsed Christians are not to be forgiven, plus these fundamentalist Christians seem not to think Catholics are actual Christians, and since Catholics constitute over half of all Christians, that means the majority of Christians are to roast forever, also.

I just don’t find any support for the idea that “life is sacred” in the sourcebooks of these folks. But, with just this justification, Republicans are on a jihad to prevent any woman from having an abortion, even in the case of rape, or incest, or if the life of the mother is threatened. (Apparently the sacredness of the life of an unborn child is more sacred than the sacredness of the life of the threatened mother.)

So, a woman raped would have no say in whether she will bear any child thus created to term.

The spouse of a woman raped would have no say.

The loved ones of the woman or spouse would have no say.

The family’s doctor would have no say.

The family’s clergy would have no say.

Only the Federal Government would have say.

And if the government establishes control over fertilized ova and fetuses, who is to say they won’t establish the right to do with them what they will, when they will it.

And this adamant position is from the same people who opposed the revamp of the nation’s health care system because they didn’t want the government interfering between doctors and patients. (Death squads, death squads!)

The great puzzlement is why anybody would vote for these people.



  1. This entire effort puzzled me from a legal perspective and maybe you have some insight into the logic at work. How could an amendment to a state constitution overturn Roe v. Wade given Article VI of the Constitution? That artilce specifically makes U.S. law the supreme law of the land “any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” Wouldn’t the entire effort simply led back to the Supreme Court?


    Comment by Peter Walsh — November 10, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know. I suspect you may be right. The entire strategy seems to be to make an abortion exceedingly difficult to get. Throwing up legal issues like this may inhibit many women, and more importantly many abortion clinics. The radical end of the spectrum is the one in which doctors giving abortions are threaten, shot, and killed, resulting in clinics being closed, thus making abortions much harder to get. My post is more to the issue of “How could Republicans alienate the most women?”


      Comment by stephenpruis — November 11, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply

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