A DINGO ABORTED MY BABY!
Remember the poor schlubs who have been hounded for thirty years about the dingo attack on their baby while camping? “Help, a dingo’s got my baby!” I think that was in 1980, and probably did more to help the tourist and movie industry of
than anything else. That was what probably propelled “shrimp on the barbie” and “Crocodile Dundie”. Anyway, the case recently came up again in the courts as the family would like the judge to reconsider the case in light of other more recent dingo attacks ( or, alleged attacks, I’m not sure ). The judge of course being very important and simply having no time at all to do more judge stuff, put it on indefinite hold. One presumes awaiting the end of the families natural life span. If you expedite one case, then everyone thinks they can see justice being done. Kind of like here in the Australia , you can’t expect the courts to actually follow the Constitution and make bail amounts reasonable. You knock the starting price down from $20 million and all of a sudden every damn person wants a reasonable bail. As that was making the “news” today, it was followed up by yet more squawking on the Catholic Church and the mandatory contraception scandal and it suddenly hit me that I need to comment on abortions. I haven’t pissed off loyal minions to the point of desertion for quite some time ( I don’t count the recent change in blogs. Losing regular readers was expected. I am happy I’ve retained half of them- about 600 ). US
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I don’t particularly care for abortions. I don’t mind “day-after” pills, as I’m not convinced that life begins at conception but rather after the brain is formed. Yes, I know a lot of folks disagree. But it doesn’t matter what you or I care about. What matters is, does the law follow reality? And necessity. I could drone on about women’s rights and ownership of your body, but in the end what makes or breaks the adoption of a custom or law in to general acceptance is if it follows reality and necessity. It must acknowledge human nature and the survival of the species. Which is why you can’t legislate the impossible. You can make a law saying that females are allowed into combat, but females don’t have the physical or mental ability for it ( if the Soviets, some of the original poster boys for wishful thinking over reality discontinued women in combat, you know it was a total flop ). You can legislate unlimited births, like the Catholic Church did with a ban on contraception and divorce, but once the overpopulation and resource scarcity bites you in the ass it doesn’t matter if God On High proclaims through his best buddy the Pope that “be fruitful and multiply” is the best dang thing since sliced bread. Reality doesn’t read the bible.
Now, looking back at past civilizations, you know that uncontrolled birth rates are pretty much just human nature. It has got to be a survival trait. So, even if you aren’t religious it seems like we can all agree that even if in the long run overpopulation is a bad idea, you can’t legislate it away ( that bite China in the ass, didn’t it? ). I think that unlike most laws and practices we have, our current birth control laws strike a pretty good balance. We allow uncontrolled reproduction but at the same time don’t force people into practices that go against their wishes individually. Either side, pro life or pro choice, in an attempt to upset that balance, are in the wrong. Not on moral grounds but on practical grounds. Remember, you can’t ban common sense. If a woman wants to be a career corporate drone, she can. She isn’t forced into being a housewife for survival, popping out kid after kid ( although, they need to enjoy it while it lasts since this choice is a product of the Oil Age ). If a woman wants to spew out children in an uninterrupted stream she can. The good thing about abortion being legal is, there is no need for infanticide. Women don’t have to resort to drowning the kids in the family sedan or fabricating stories about dingo attacks ( I have no idea if abortion was illegal in
in 1980. My point is that if kids were a choice, not a burden to be borne, than there would have been no controversy over whether the mother was telling the truth or not over how her baby died ). Australia
Infanticide has been with us for as long as we’ve been a species. It is oftentimes necessary, if rather an unpleasant act to even think about, let alone perform. We have the hindsight, here during our Time Of Plenty, to harshly judge it. But like the unpleasant necessity of war, that by a few deaths more people survived, so too infanticide. In times of scarcity. Abortion, as unpleasant as it is to a lot of people, is vastly better than killing babies after birth. If you adhere to an unyielding dogma that prohibits abortion, you are condoning the worse crime of killing babies after they were out of the womb. Not now, but certainly after the resources run out. Since you can’t legislate back and forth on an issue and expect it to be followed, best to just side with reality. Your choice is going to be how to kill surplus population, not whether it will be done at all ( of course, it should go without saying, I’m advocating personal choice here, not government mandate ). Reality is indeed a bitch.
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