At one end is the Pope, who traditionally has held that even birth control is trying to control God's plan for reproduction, and they only allow "family planning" or the rhythm method of planning. At the other end of the continuum is some abortion multi-millionaires like Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered after raking in over a million per year for over 35 years, by performing late-term abortions. He performed thousands of abortions up to just a week before the due date. He dealt with a lot of controversy for this issue. I suppose he must have been at the extreme end where he felt that there is no limit. Abortion violence is horrific for everyone concerned. I do not agree with any type of violence. I believe in peaceful legal discussion and voting.
Either way, abortion is big business for those willing to take the risk. Actually, wombs are big business, if I may be allowed to be so blunt in this one blog. (I promise to be nice after these two paragraphs.) Different body parts are more or less profitable in the medical field. Breasts, for example, are not lucrative. Ask any man, "What would you pay to keep your penis?" You will get the same answer, resoundingly. The profit margin is much smaller for breasts. Ask at any Kentucky Fried Chicken, and you will find that they make a wider profit margin off wings, legs, and thighs than they do breast meat. So, since doctors don't make a lot of profit on breasts, there are not a lot of graduates clamoring to get into mammography.
Now, the Ob/Gyn field is wide open, if I may say so. That's where the money is to be made. Let a woman get breast cancer and she will learn to say goodbye to her right or her left. That's the cost effective method for dealing with a problem that is not going to make anybody rich. But, abortion is cost efficient and is run like a horse stable. The ladies are lined up in beds with a doctor to handle the tissue disposal. He literally makes a "killing" each day he is in business. You often see the same eagerness and exuberance to perform hysterectomies on women, though the women getting hysterectomies are treated with a better level of care and individuality. The biggest problem is, whatever they do wrong in surgery to a woman leaves her too embarrassed to talk about publiclly, so they often have silent victims. This is more so the case with abortion patients, who are already aware that they have made mistakes in life, and are silenced from any complaints by the fact that they feel people may not be as sympathetic in those circumstances.
In between the extreme ends of the abortion issue, you find real people in flesh and blood just trying to solve problems the best way their conscience will allow. That is the ground where hairs are split. First trimester, mid trimester, late term; the point where it is no longer an ok option to terminate a pregnancy is the question most people deal with today. The old moral adage to "Do no harm" seems to leave many people confused. To give a hypothetical example; if your children were hungry, and you could get no help, would you steal a loaf of bread or let them starve?
As I mentioned recently in the blog titled, Stretchy Morality," most people live by a system of rules that define lines they may or may not cross. Technically, this is the level of moral development in Kohlberg's stages known as, "Law & Order." I've always liked this way of looking at things because it shows how we deal with moral issues.
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I have a brother-in-law who definitely operates in the level of universal ethics. Joe, has asked me before if Republicans think they have the "moral high ground." The chart shows why I don't believe either the right or left, or top, bottom, center, etc,. has the moral high ground. The fact is, Joe operates on the basis of universal ideas that he respects and believes to be universally right or wrong. I believe there are things that he would not do that are perfectly legal. For example, he is a vegan. He does not believe it is illegal to eat meat, but he sees it as an unethical practice, and therefore he doesn't eat meat. This is an example of someone operating at the level of universal ethics. They operate on a basis of what they see as universally good or bad, regardless of whether they will "get caught." This causes some people to go to prison for doing the
"right thing," while others go free who may be committing an act most would deem bad, such as adultery. As far as I know, adultery is not illegal for civilians. The difference is that Joe and I see the ethical right and wrongs differently.
As a matter of fact, the laws of our land don't even agree with this rule. On the one hand, the law splits the hairs, flesh, and blood of a innate child into whether or not it is strong enough to survive outside the womb, where abortion is concerned. They say that since the mother can not have the baby removed now, and give it away, we will not force her to keep it in her body. This is basically a womb eviction without warning for the child. Get out now! But, on the other hand, if another person injures the mother of an innate child, and the baby dies, regardless of gestational age the criminal will be punished for murder; whether the child be at 4 weeks, or 4 hours short of delivery. This is simply because she didn't give them her permission to kill her child. Likewise, if someone were to kill a panda, which is a protected species, and the panda were pregnant and the baby died as well, then the criminal would be guilty of killing two of the species illegally. This is because government officials did not give them permission to kill either the panda or her baby. So, the lower mammals have more legal protection in the womb than human mammals.
I see this as a violation of every right of humanity: civil, religious, human, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness... the list goes on. No matter how you look at it, the child will not have a high quality of life if she is dead. Ultimately, we were never given the universal right to choose life or death for other human beings. This is not just a religious question. It is not only about religion, because life is the one commodity we all share in common. Without it, no other right will continue. Furthermore, by taxing American citizens to pay for abortions, Americans who have an ethical problem with abortion are being forced to pay for abortions against their will. This should not be done. It is one thing to say one person has the right to pursue happiness, and a totally different thing to say that another should pay for that pursuit.
Either way, when an abortion is said and done, a body goes in the garbage can. At the end of the day, the clinic staff have to make sure the remains are hidden from revolutionary pro-lifers who look through their garbage cans for bodies to bury. These guys are the criminals in our society, if we are splitting hairs.