After reading all the "Letters to the Editor" in the latest edition of "The Berkeley Voice," I had to respond.
Although David B. Smith's ('Death Rate By Abortion') numbers correlate to a larger number of abortions than gun violence in this nation, abortion is legal and cold-blooded murder by gun is not. And I can see him working here. He's a Republican, so he's pro-gun, so he's trying (and failing) to make a comparison. And that is fine, I'm not going to disparage him that right. I have issues with people wanting to disarm this nation at this point of our history, when our government seems fine with taking more and more power from its citizens, as well. But that is not my b*tch.
My complaint is this guy's logic.
Mr. Smith pulls out the statistics,
"52 million children aborted since Roe vs. Wade, including 700,000 in 2012"
as support. And I say... um, wrong. Not the statistics. Again, and this is where the debate always seems to derail, the "fetus" is not "children," or they would be called children. And only Mr. Smith and people of his ilk word things that way. Now, we can have an (adult) discussion (maybe) about first, second, and third trimesters, and just when "life" occurs, but right now, legally, a fetus is a fetus and a child is a child and that is that. Besides, will Mr. Smith and others in his camp prepared to love, feed and clothes all those "52 million" and "700,000"?
Reminds me of a related topic and quotes.
"They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're pre-born, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked."
Read the entire quote from that page... George is always getting it correct. I would have posted the entire quote but it is long and I have other things to write in its place. I left out a couple paragraphs that would not help this discussion move forward. But the rest of them are apt.
In a world of overpopulation, between these folks and Catholics are doing their best to make sure we have too many people polluting the earth. We need fewer people, people, not more. It's highly arrogant and irresponsible to suggest anything else, unless you're bound by some archaic philosophy that has outlived its purpose and implementation, unless that action is violence, that is. If none of these folks are willing to pitch in and help once the kid is born they need to stay the hell out of it. And as George pointed to, if you're killing doctors, you're not "pro-life." Call it something else, but you're most certainly not that (self) label. Call yourselves "Pro-Fear" or "Pro-Ignorant" or "Pro-Delusional."
The very same culture that calls this culture (because it doesn't cater to their irrational, fear-based religious fundamentalism) the "culture of 'death,'" when they are the ones constantly attempting frightening everyone with fire and brimstone and hellfire and torment and gnashing of teeth and all sorts of other petty, human, vindictive-jealousy traits that no "God" would ever espouse to; those are human frailties, not divine ones; which most likely does not exist if the entity possesses purity. That can be debated, however, as we seem to have these Flaws walking around. Maybe when the Creator took that (supposed) "seventh day" off, that action enabled Its helper to try its hand at "God," and they are the result?
Then his opinion gets more muddled:
"Many think of an aborted child as just a fetus, but everyone knows they were alive and developing humans in a mother's womb."
-David B. Smith