Monday, 21 July 2008

Birth control pills & abortion

A science professor is giving a public lecture on the solar system. An elderly lady then interrupts and says that the professor is in fact wrong on the theory of gravity, and that the world actually travels through the universe on the back of a giant turtle.

“But what supports the turtle?” snaps the professor angrily.

“You can’t trick me,” says the old woman. “It’s turtles all the way down.”

I’m back from my summer holidays and I see this headline:

The White House is trying to Define Contraception As Abortion


In this way, the conservative elements of the US Department of Health and Human Services hopes to obstruct a woman's access to contraception (i.e. birth control pills).

But how is this possible?

Well, because they claim that life begins at conception, i.e. the meeting of the egg and sperm.

But does this really make sense?

Well I don’t think so.

After all, many pregnancies naturally fail in the first few weeks – without the mother not even knowing she is pregnant. This natural termination of pregnancy is normal and happens for many reasons (i.e. genetic incompatibility etc), and its likelihood increases with the age of the mother.

Now the pregnancy may have failed in the first few weeks but has a life been lost?

I don’t think so.

After all, isn’t it just a tad bizarre to subscribe to the notion that a tiny speck, smaller than a raindrop, should be seen as comparable in form to a fully formed baby that can in contrast live in the real world as a completely independent entity? Sure the speck may be a life in the making, and definitely the hope of a future human being, but to suggest that it is already a life at the time of conception is absurd.

And if the millions and millions of aborted pregnancies (whether natural or not) do constitute lives, then logically these specks also constitute candidates for heaven (a strange idea for “someone” (gender as yet unknown) who has neither had any cognitive ability whatsoever nor any experiences in the real world.

And as the total number of fully formed humans that have ever existed numbers 106,456,367,669 (plus or minus the odd billion), these specks are going to mean even more overcrowding in heaven than we had earlier thought.

Yep – it isn’t turtles all the way down.

But even if it was you could always use one of these of course:


Links: (1), (2), (3)