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Anti-Choice Madness, and Why God is Not Pro-Life

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So the judge presiding over the case of Scott Roeder, the anti-abortionist who is charged with assassinating abortion service providing doctor George Tiller, has ruled that the defense can use Roeder's belief that he was preventing the murder of unborn humans in their attempt to obtain a reduced level of conviction and sentence. Well let's see how this logically works out if Roeder in some way benefits from this strategy.

Let's assume Roeder is released sooner than he otherwise would have been sans the preventing future murders defense. Let's also assume that Roeder announces he intends to liquidate additional abortion providers (which he may well do). Since he will be openly preparing to commit murder then a pro-choice activist would be similarly justified in rubbing out Roeder, and getting a reduced level of punishment for the deed. Let's say that the pro-choice murderer then announces he or she will kill another anti-abortionist who has proclaimed that they will dispatch an abortion doctor. Obviously, it would be legally more tolerable for an anti-abortionist to murder the pro-choice killer. And on it goes. This is no joke. If Roeder gets, say, just five years, and someone then blows him away in the same state to prevent him from committing further murders, then why should that person not get the same leniency? This is the legal madness that the trial judge is opening the door to.

The ultimate legal justification in the eyes of hard-line anti-abortionists for killing abortion providers is that God considers the practice to be murder. Funny thing about that. Get some anti-choice literature and look for citations of Bible passages that actually denounce abortion. I guarantee you won't find any. Nowhere in the Hebrew and Christian testaments is abortion labeled murder or a sin. Nor does Jesus bring up the subject. This is why a few fundamentalists do not consider abortion a problem (same for Orthodox Jews). The scriptural passages anti-abortionists rely upon are general platitudes against killing innocents. I say platitudes because the Biblical God is not truly opposed to the murder of those who are guiltless. God wipes out all the world's pregnant women and children in a great flood, does the same in some cities, and kills off more innocents in Egypt. God explicitly orders Moses, Joshua and the Israelites to conduct a Nazis class campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing in unprovoked wars of conquest in which all pregnant women and children are hunted down and put to the sword, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The Israelite King Jephthah sacrificed his virgin daughter to God in exchange for success in slaughtering yet more nonHebrews.

In the real world that anti-abortionists believe God has designed, the human reproductive system the creator devised is so defective that the great majority of conceptions fail to come to term. The in-vivo loss rate is so high that the reason that most sexual intercourse when the woman is ovulating does not result in a known pregnancy may not be because of the failure to conceive, but because the conception fails to survive. If a creator is inserting souls at conception then he does not particularly care that most of them do not live for more than a few hours to weeks. The result of the normal wastage is the abortion of well over a hundred billion unborn


A much greater natal mortality rate is not possible because it would crash the population. Deliberate abortions are a modest fraction of those caused without human intent. Until recently half of children born died, with the loss to the diseases supposedly created by God totaling 50 billion. It is illogical and cynical to pretend that a creator deity is pro-life when he failed to ensure that the female reproductive tract is safe for the unborn, and does nothing to prevent the level of noninduced terminations from being about as incredibly high as they can be.

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