Because the message doesn’t seem to have gotten through. (Original)
One of the things I really like about being an obscure anonymous blogger and speaking for no one but myself is that I don’t have to sugar-coat things to make me or some organization sound nice. For example, I don’t have to repeat that nonsense we always hear from the pro-life movement and the Catholic Church about women who have abortions being “victims” who “deserved better” then and deserve our sympathy now. Of course, any particular woman may have been a victim of some wrong in the past or may be a victim of some wrong in the future, but for the murder in question, she’s that other thing–you know, the person in a crime who’s not the victim but is the one who causes the crime. I remember now! The perpetrator! Yes, that’s what she is.
I don’t oppose abortion because women who have them might be sad later in life. I don’t oppose it because it just might infinitesimally increase a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer. (Really, what doesn’t increase one’s chances of getting cancer?) I oppose it because I want to stop prenatal children from being murdered.
But isn’t the woman a victim in a spiritual sense? Doesn’t having an abortion wound her soul, and shouldn’t we pity her for that? Sure, but that’s true of any sin. One might as well say that rapists are the real victims of rape, because of the harm they do to their souls. You might even be able to prove that rapists often get depressed after their crimes, the poor dears. In some ultimate sense it is true that the sinner is the worst victim of his sin. But in our normal way of speaking, no, a rapist is not a victim. The woman he attacks is. And it’s the murdered baby who is the victim of abortion.
But surely, Bonald, you at least agree that if abortions are going to happen, they should be safe (for the perpetrator)? Why in the world should I want that? Suppose one were to pass a law giving out armor and machine guns to aspiring muggers because, although one may not approve of mugging, one should at least agree that muggers shouldn’t get hurt. But that’s obviously crazy. Why take away one of the best deterrents? One could argue that the world would be a better place if abortions were so unsafe that a woman who procured one could be certain that she would die within the hour. Of course, we shouldn’t kill them ourselves, but neither should we as a society endorse their evil acts for the purpose of making them safer.
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