Civilization at its Finest?

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America.  It was observed by tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, at the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.  We will never know for certain the actual tally of marchers, nor would Americans hear of the march at all if they only rely on major news outlets which neglect to report on it.  It is safe to say, however, that youth make up a sizeable number of those marchers.

It’s just in the nick of time that young people are waking up to the horror of abortion.  And it truly is a horror.  Michael Stokes Paulsen summed up the situation:

After nearly four decades, Roe’s human death toll stands at nearly sixty million human lives, a total exceeding the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s purges, Pol Pot’s killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined. Over the past forty years, one-sixth of the American population has been killed by abortion. One in four African-Americans is killed before birth. Abortion is the leading cause of (unnatural) death in America.

Indeed.  We are, in fact, such a beacon of advanced civilization that our president had this to say in his remarks about the anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Why, that’s a politically correct bandwagon any young person could jump on, right?  After all, aren’t girls due the same opportunities as boys?   Sure.  Except that Obama’s words sound remarkably and eerily similar to those of a certain nutcase bioethicist, Anna Smajdor, who argues for the “moral imperative” of artificial wombs for the gestation of fetuses. Read for yourself:

In short, what is required is ectogenesis: the development of artificial wombs that can sustain fetuses to term without the need for women’s bodies. Only by thus remedying the natural or physical injustices involved in the unequal gender roles of reproduction can we alleviate the social injustices that arise from them.

When this medical advance is perfected, she argues, society will achieve a state in which women “are no longer unjustly obliged to be the sole risk takers in reproductive enterprises.”  Just like Obama, she emphasizes the requirement for women to

“curb their other interests and aspirations in order to have children at biologically and socially optimal times.”

Have we really come this far–that the President of the United States echoes the sentiments of extremist ethicists that pregnancy is an unjust, barbaric affliction forced upon women?  That abortion is actually a remedy for this injustice??

Youth of America: pay attention.

(Thank you to MercatorNet and BioEdge for getting the gears of my brain turning this morning.)

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