The point of my rant is not to debate whether abortion is right or wrong. While I guess I am
pro-life, I nonetheless support the right of someone else to be pro-choice, and I realize that
abortion is an individual moral decision that the government has no business regulating. I also
realize that, as a man, my opinion makes no real difference on abortion since I'm not the one
having the baby. The point of this rant to show that the popular arguments used by the
pro-choice and pro-life crowds are used selectively, and are pretty much hypocritical.
Walking around campus last week, I noticed someone had written "my body, my choice" in chalk in
various areas. I assume this is in protest to the pro-life display at Rudder Fountain this week.
But is the "my body, my choice" argument really back up the pro-choice position? The argument
states that a woman has a right to choose what she will or will not do to her own body. By this
logic, a woman should have the right to choose to have an abortion, and should not be bound by
By that same rationale, however, a woman (or man) should be free to shoot-up heroin, smoke a
fat-ass chronic blunt, or take the occasional after-sex hit off the crack pipe. After all, it
is her body, and therefore her "choice" to do drugs. However, laws exist that prevent the use
of drugs. These drug laws are retarded and useless, but that's another rant. Anyway, if
pro-choice advocates are going to use the argument "my body, my choice" and call for the end of
abortion laws, then they must also advocate the legalization of drugs. Not to do so is
hypocritical and weakens your position. After all, just as the government should not restrict a
woman's right to choose to have an abortion, the government (by this logic) should also not
restrict a woman's right to use narcotics.
On a similar note, it would seem hypocritical for someone to be pro-life, and yet advocate the
killing of doctors who perform abortions, or advocate the use of the death penalty. After all,
a human life is a human life (say the pro-lifers). So again, lots of pro-lifers want to have
their cake and eat it to. They are against aborting fetuses, but advocate the death penalty.
And this whole approach of showing disguisting, gross pictures of aborted fetuses only gets
insults (and sometimes rocks) hurled their way. Showing me a picture of an alcoholic's liver
won't make me stop drinking. Showing me a picture of an aborted fetus won't make someone
pro-life. It'll just make them puke up their double cheeseburger, and they will become even
more defensive of their pro-choice position.
Unfortunately, most pro-choice advocates aren't calling for the legalization of drugs to uphold
their argument. And many pro-life individuals also support the death penalty. Until both
pro-choice and pro-life individuals stop selectively using arguments in their cause (only to
turn around and go against that same argument), they will continue to be looked upon as
hypocrites. And I will continue to ignore both sides.
Jon Apgar (a.k.a. Bluto)