My brain seems to have hit a snag in anti-abortion logic.
The way I see it, there are two possible reasons for being against abortions. Let’s do this point-by-point:
1. You are non-religious, but believe that all life should be protected. This position has some logical extensions that must be addressed:
1a) you believe this protection extends to all animals (mammals/birds/fish etc), and thus you are a strict vegan. Or:
1b) you believe this protection extends to all multicellular organisms. You are a strict vegan and must watch the ground carefully with every step you take so as not to inadvertantly cause the death of an ant or other small creature. Or:
1c) you believe this protection extends to all life, no matter how large or how many cells it consists of. You are a strict vegan, watch the ground carefully with every step, and do not bathe or brush your teeth out of respect for the parasitic life forms that flourish upon your person.
2. You oppose abortion for religious reasons. You do not believe that all life is sacred (and thus are not necessarily vegan etc.), but that human life is somehow special because of this magical and unique quality called a ‘soul’, which God imparts to the organism as soon as conception takes place.
Now, we all know that in a secular society, a purely religious belief cannot become enshrined in law and imposed on the rest of the public. Therefore, Reason #2 for opposing abortion should be thrown straight out without any need for examining its claims at all. It is a perfectly valid position for an individual to take for themselves; it is not a valid position for a secular law to be based upon.
Let’s re-examine the options again:
- 1 a), b) and c) – still under consideration
2) Not relevant to law-making
Logically, this leads to the conclusion that the only anti-abortion activists that should be taken at all seriously are the Non-Religious Vegan Pro-Lifers. Personally I think that Vegan Pro-Lifers who only refuse to cause harm to large animals are drawing an arbitrary line – there is no reason to believe that large animals are superior to parasites – so the only ones I would take seriously in their position on abortion would be the Non-Religious Vegan Great Unwashed. All parasites, including (but not limited to) organisms growing in the womb of a woman, should be considered sacred!
So the only legitimate anti-abortion position, the only anti-abortion position that could possibly be taken seriously in terms of law-making, comes from rabid hippies with questionable personal hygiene?
See, this is where I hit the logical snag… I don’t think that these people actually exist.
Can we please stop wasting our time on the abortion ‘debate’ now? Or is there perhaps some perfectly reasonable third position against abortion that I haven’t considered?