Our inevitable obstetrician: Dr. Strangelove
By Michael Moriarty
Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow describes in the Internet Magazine, Dissent, which I read on October 18th of this year, a rather neo-Feminist distinction which urges that women "make it very clear that the rights for which they have fought are fundamentally different from the right to determine the genetic makeup of offspring." … Or "designer babies", as they are now labeled.
This neo-Feminism was always an inevitability. Full Feminism is not for the faint of heart … and Ms. Tuhus-Dubrow is having an attack of scruples.
The author further states, "whether the latter right" to help create and have designer babies "is legitimate or not, it is not the same as or an extension of the former" … i. e. to have an abortion. In other words, pro-choice is not necessarily pro-eugenics.
Than she declares, "pro-choice activists have struggled for women's freedom to control their own bodies, not to control the lives and bodies of their children."
Hmmm again …
If abortion is not the ultimate control of children … making them disappear … I hate to think what such an act of control would be. Apparently the author believes eugenics, the "negative" kind, of course, is worse than abortion.
Ms. Tuhus-Dubrow quotes Princeton professor, Lee Silver, on the possible "nightmare," as she calls it: "The GeneRich class and the natural class will become entirely separate species with no ability to crossbreed, and with as much romantic interest in each other as a current human would have for a chimpanzee."
What is the difference between getting rid of the unwanted and disposing of the unfit? The unfit are already out of the womb … and you must watch them die.
The implications of abortion are more than implied in the ending of human life. That Ms. Tuhus-Dubrow believes she can slam on some set of brakes after demanding and receiving legalized abortion is like expecting the pavement to open up and save you when you have leapt from the top of the Twin Towers. Obviously Planned Parenthood and Ms. Tuhus-Dubrow believe pregnancy is a burning tower for at least 1,500,000 American women per year, a condition from which women must leap into an abortionist's operating room. However, the pavement didn't open up on the operating table. A gestating infant was murdered. What has opened up, however, are all the implications of an utterly free and un-harnessed scientific community.
Once you accept legalized abortion, Ms. Tuhus-Dubrow, you have leapt! The "nightmare" Prof. Silver describes is just one of legions rising toward you as you fall, a descent into a death that would be welcome if your unforgettable name, like that of Margaret Sanger, weren't forever tied to a women's movement that has labeled pregnancy an experience akin to being trapped in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
You would be much better off convincing your readers that the name of all unwanted gestating infants is Osama bin Laden. Not even the pro-life movement might protest aborting him.
Man on earth will always have to go to work and women on earth will always be the only sex equipped to bear the children. If you believe, as you seem to, that these terms create hell on earth for women, a towering inferno in which you and all women are trapped, please don't think that tossing your baby out of the window will stop the flames. Your "nightmare," and that of possibly your husband or lover, seemingly solved by abortion, has obviously just begun, because all abortions … are all Dr. Strangelove's and … well … we know where he came from.
Who wouldn't learn to "love the bomb" if Dr. Strangelove became our only obstetrician?
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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