Monday, September 26, 2005

Roe V Wade

In "Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything..." the author, who is an economist and a statistician, traces the collapse of the crime wave of the 80-90's statistically to Roe v Wade.

Seems that babies that are unwanted are at most risk of being dropouts, criminals and violent. When these babies are not brought into the world, they don't put more stress on families that are already stressed to the max. They don't grow up to kill and steal and otherwise suck the lifeblood of society.

Yes, an unwed mother CAN suck it up and do good by her child. Kudos to those that do, although they do more for their own psyche than for society in doing so. I know a few such mothers, and their lives were ultimately shaped by their decision - as all of our lives are shaped by all of our decisions, good and bad.

The children involved were also so shaped, and the vast majority of them are not now CEO's or anything like that. It's a hard thing to overcome a deprived childhood. Not impossible, but very, very hard. Not very many do well.

My religion teaches that the soul does not enter the body permanently until the 120th day AFTER BIRTH and there is a celebration at that time for the new child. (I am NOT saying that ANYONE should kill a child before the 120th day after birth.) To force the christian view on me is not democratic and not ethical. To abort an embryo before the 12th week of pregnancy is not killing a child, and it is perfectly legal. Stay out of my bedroom. Stay out of my doctor's office.

I stand by my original guiding principle: Procreation must be limited in this overpopulated world, and to bring a child up in an impoverished situation, when there are alternatives, is morally reprehensible. It is as bad for society as it is for the mother involved. If we are to have only 1 or 2 kids, it behooves us to give those few as much as we can, in every aspect of their life. If that means aborting a little lump of flesh that has no feeling or intellect, then so be it, with all regrets, all regrets, all regrets.

It was not so long ago that children were not even given a permanent name until they survived their childhood diseases, and if all the eggs that have ever been fertilized had grown to be people, there would not be enough room on the face of the earth for them to stand up, nevermind have any room to grow food or have any other animal or plant.

Is it so much to ask for the government to stay out of our bedrooms, stay out of our doctor's offices, and stay out of our personal decisions, with good to all concerned?

4 Comments:

Anonymous The Fat Lady Sings said...

My Father was one of those not officially named until after his second birthday. His birth certificate says 1903. He swore he was born in 1901 - just not taken off the island and baptized till he was two. This was Ireland, and his people were poor. Evidently his Mother gave birth to 10 live children, of which only 5 survived to adulthood. It’s amazing how much things have changed – and how little at the same time. If the Supreme Court turns sharply conservative, a lot of women will ultimately pay the price – and not just those needing to terminate a pregnancy. We are not all that far from the life of the child automatically taking precedence over the life of the mother. Now – this may no longer affect me (though who knows – my Mother had me when she was my age!); but I am afraid for all those who will come after. They must be protected. I hope whoever the next president is can manage to pass laws protecting us from the religious nutjobs, and their quest to put society back to where it was in my Fathers day.

11:37 PM, September 26, 2005  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Hear hear! I think he rest of us are very tired of that, but I fear that the newly awakened religious nutjobs will vote in higher numbers than the rest of us...

6:01 AM, September 27, 2005  
Blogger oldwhitelady said...

and if all the eggs that have ever been fertilized had grown to be people, there would not be enough room on the face of the earth for them to stand up, nevermind have any room to grow food or have any other animal or plant.

Thank you! I've been trying to make that point to people, but didn't have such a good way to say it. I hope you don't mind if I kind of paraphrase it, when talking to others.

2:45 PM, October 02, 2005  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Hey OWL,

Not at all, be my guest!

11:30 PM, October 02, 2005  

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