First there was this creepy video promoted by the center for reproduction rights
Then this columnist for Salon put out an absolutely horrifying article entitled So What if Abortion Ends Life? It's pretty much in Peter Singer territory.
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal.
But we make choices about life all the time in our country. We make them about men and women in other nations. We make them about prisoners in our penal system.
Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
My belief that life begins at conception is mine to cling to. And if you believe that it begins at birth, or somewhere around the second trimester, or when the kid finally goes to college, that’s a conversation we can have, one that I hope would be respectful and empathetic and fearless. We can’t have it if those of us who believe that human life exists in utero are afraid we’re somehow going to flub it for the cause. In an Op-Ed on “Why I’m Pro-Choice” in the Michigan Daily this week, Emma Maniere stated, quite perfectly, that “Some argue that abortion takes lives, but I know that abortion saves lives, too."She understands that it saves lives not just in the most medically literal way, but in the roads that women who have choice then get to go down, in the possibilities for them and for their families. And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.
It's interesting to note the progression of rhetoric used by pro-abortionists. First, the child was non-human then a non-person and now a non-autonomous entity.
I'm pretty sure in the past I've heard others use the argument that a class of humans were not considered autonomous because of reliance on a naturally superior class of humans and thus denied equal rights.
Some people have a very short memory.