In 2000, 12 years after RU-486 (a.k.a. Mifepristone or the abortion pill) became available in France, the U.S Food and Drug Administration finally approved it (with several restrictions) for the early medical termination of pregnancies. By 2008 medical abortions accounted for about one-fourth of all abortions nationwide.
Why the 12 year delay? Because since the late 1970s there has been a “civil war” of sorts in the U.S. over abortion. There have been bombings, shootings, death threats, clinic destruction and physicians murdered. Anti-choice literature continues to claim that it’s no coincidence that RU-486 was produced by the same German company that made the poison gas for the death camps in Nazi Germany.
By Charles L. Rulon Emeritus, Life & Health Sciences Long Beach City College ([email protected]) Fetal idolatry and ensoulment Elevating tiny, mindless, senseless human embryos and fetuses to a revered exalted status is fetal idolatry according to Rev. John Swomley, Emeritus Professor of Social Ethics, St. Paul School of Theology. Swomley writes that “Fetal idolatry is […]
By Charles L. Rulon Emeritus, Life & Health Sciences Long Beach City College ([email protected]) No fetal pain until 28th week By 8 weeks a fetus in utero will react to needle stimulation. But as with paraplegics, this is a reflex mediated by the spinal cord, not the brain. It’s not a conscious reaction and no […]
Elevating human embryos and fetuses to a revered, exalted, even sacred status is fetal idolatry, according to Rev. John Swomley, Emeritus Professor of Social Ethics, St. Paul School of Theology. Fetal idolaters have transformed a mindless, senseless fetus the size of my thumb into a kind of demigod—a helpless, innocent, unborn baby with awareness and feelings—a baby that is playfully sucking its thumb and only needs to grow—a conscious baby that will undergo excruciating pain as it is torn apart in an abortion—a pre-born baby with the sacred, inalienable, self-evident, fundamental right to life. Yet, the scientific reality is quite different.
Fetal idolatry is only able to thrive in religiously conservative, scientifically ignorant, patriarchal cultures with seriously flawed anti-rational educational systems. It has no place in any civilized, rational society that values the separation of church and state and values female equality. “Glamorizing” and “personalizing” mindless, senseless human embryos has distracted us for decades from the fundamental question: Do we really want to live in a country that tries to force women to use their bodies against their will to incubate unwanted embryos
When certain religious beliefs and dogmas discourage scientific and rational critical thought in favor of a primitive system of magical belief, which, as a consequence, results in widespread pain and suffering, these religious beliefs deserve to be critically examined, if rationality and compassion have any value.
Since 1980 the National Abortion Federation has identified more than 10,000 reported acts of terrorism against lawful reproductive rights supporters in the United States. There have been thousands of abortion clinic blockades. Clinic workers have been regularly stalked. There have been hundreds of clinic arson attacks, bombings and even anthrax scares. There have been kidnappings and shootings. Nine abortion providers have been murdered.
In the United States, anti-abortion laws before Roe v. Wade (1973) were also a medical and social disaster. Hundreds of thousands of women with botched abortions filled our hospitals each year. (I had a student die from one such an abortion in Tijuana.) Medical costs skyrocketed, families were torn apart and disrespect for the law was intensified
If the large majority of anti-choice Americans, by their own behavior, don’t REALLY believe their “baby killing” rhetoric, why do they REALLY want to force women with unwanted pregnancies to stay pregnant against their will—to be essentially unwilling embryo incubators? What REALLY is going on? Well, consider: Anti-abortion efforts have been almost entirely driven by men — men in Congress and state legislatures and conservative churches. It’s about those men who want to keep women “in their place”, to punish “loose” women, and to force those women who are trying to “avoid their natural roles in life” to fulfill their responsibilities.