dehumanization, car trunks, and "life begins at conception"
in several of my comments, i observed the irony that under proposed laws based on the premise that "life begins at conception", (many of which would outlaw abortion even if bearing a child would cause the death of its mother), rights of female citizens become fewer than that of a locked car trunk. criticisms included missing the point of irony and the word "dehumanization".
even though the dehumanization of women is exactly my point. think about it:
under our laws today, if you murder a child (or any person for that matter) and you stuff their corpse in the trunk of your car and lock it, your conviction for that murder is overturned and you go free if the government (via the police or some other agency) breaks into your car trunk without either your permission or a warrant to find the body as a basis for your conviction. this is not out of any leniency on the subject of murder and murderers, or any lack of compassion for all human life, but, rather, demonstration that our Bill of Rights is sacrosanct beyond all other laws and legal interests to guarantee our lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. yet, inexplicably, when that locked car trunk becomes, rather, a woman's uterus, these new proposed laws based on "life begins at conception" would have women immediately eligible for the death penalty should she be found culpable in the termination of that pregnancy. (ok, maybe i exaggerate and the penalties for breaking these laws will be less harsh, like, say, life or other extended imprisonment, instead...)
roe v. wade is not wrong. it's the Bill of Rights that's at stake here, not whether or not you or i believe more strongly in the sanctity of human life. want affirmation? i'll agree with anyone and everyone that vast preponderance of people in this country believe that abortion is a human tragedy. what i will not agree upon is that somehow the existence of tragedy should cause us to deny women their civil rights to privacy in the interests of life not yet even conceived.
the Bill of Rights. doctor/patient privilege. HIPAA laws. you name it, the whole premise of our society is that the interests of government are secondary to the interests of citizens. having some fanatical segment of our society ready to trash it all is beyond my patience to endure. if you, our government, or anyone else lays a hand on my daughter to force her to act, refrain from acting, or in any other way determine how she chooses to conduct her life when her life is on the line, i will forcefully defend her. you can call the SWAT teams now. it will get violent.
i don't love this country because i don't have to stand up to defend its basis. i love this country because i must stand up to defend its basis.