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My cross-post in response to a comment on Ebert's blog who stated: "As bad as the Holocaust was, the mass-murder of American babies now dwarfs it in the magnitude of human slaughter and in the level of defenselessness and innocence of its victims....I hope you understand better...the term 'Feminazi.' It is not a term that applies to every feminist but only to those who overtly advocate for an increase in the number of abortions -- in other words, those who openly hope that more mothers and doctors will kill more innocent and defenseless babies prior to birth..."

And my response:

Abortion is primarily a natural process, and a good and healthy one. Between 15 and 20 percent of all known pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), because the fetal material is not viable for life and the gestating body rejects it. More often, spontaneous abortion occurs even before a woman knows she's pregnant; there are estimates that up to 50 percent of all pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion.

Spontaneous abortion is pure nature, acting to preserve the species. If you believe that God is directing nature, then it is inescapable and inarguable that spontaneous abortion is God's will.

There are many medical procedures today that were considered to be against God's will when they were invented; blood transfusions and organ transplants being the most obvious. Countless people have been saved by blood transfusions and organ transplants, and few people today reject either procedure as being against the will of God.

Similarly, countless people have been saved from suffering and misery by induced abortion. Like spontaneous abortion, induced abortion is a rejection of a nonviable fetal material. In the case of induced abortion, the lack of viability is usually environmental, rather than physical, but it amounts to exactly the same thing; a rejection of potential life that should not and must not live.

Abortion is not murder, neither when it is spontaneous, nor when it is induced. In both cases, it is a process that minimizes human suffering and improves the health and well-being of the human race. It is right and proper that humans have developed a safe way to induce abortion, safely mimicking nature and/or God's will for the well-being of all humanity.

I believe every word; in fact, this is a much milder and less passionate version of my first draft. After contraception, abortion is the greatest tool for preventing human suffering. If there's anything that should be provided for free by the State, it is birth control up to and including abortion. There are unfortunate physical side-effects from abortion that effect women's bodies and mood, but there are no negative consequences, and every woman who has ever had an abortion is a humanitarian and a hero in my eyes.

I'm off to make a donation to Planned Parenthood now, I think - or maybe the National Network of Abortion Funds.


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