Friday, September 19, 2008

Feminist Abortion

A few days ago, ran an essay from Camille Paglia in which she presented her case for abortion. She proceeded with Nietzschean logic to assert that the pro-choice crowd must stop hiding behind solipist logic and admit that abortion is murder. It is clearly the assertion of deadly power of the strong over the weak. However, it is justifiable murder because it preserves a woman’s autonomy . . . in her own words:
Hence I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue. The state in my view has no authority whatever to intervene in the biological processes of any woman’s body, which nature has implanted there before birth and hence before that woman’s entrance into society and citizenship.

On the other hand, I support the death penalty for atrocious crimes (such as rape-murder or the murder of children). I have never understood the standard Democratic combo of support for abortion and yet opposition to the death penalty. Surely it is the guilty rather than the innocent who deserve execution?
In a 1995 essay in the New Republic, Naomi Wolf ostracized herself from the pro-choice, feminist movement when she candidly made the same assertions. As cold, ruthless and immoral as this thinking is, I suppose it has the merits of clear thinking and intellectual honesty.

1 comment:

Santiago Chiva, Granada said...

On the topic of abortion, even many people who defend the possibility of legal abortions, they say they are not pro-abortion, but they don’t want to punish women who are in this difficult situation. In Germany a curious thing has happened. Something that reflects that legal abortion affects adversely to the country. And also that the change is possible: you can promote a culture of life with the support of the citizens, when really there is a real wish of avoid abortions. Since the liberalization of abortion in this country, the number of abortions is officially four million. For that reason, among others, children are seen as an unintended effect of having sex. Many people thought it was necessary to promote greater social acceptance of children in an aging society. And civil society acted, without waiting for action by the State to promote births. They joined several media organizations in a campaign. Interestingly, after the campaign, the birth rate has risen in Germany. The video is exciting. Look here:
Santiago Chiva (Granada, Spain)