Monday, April 23, 2007

Pro - Choice Mindset

The wife and I were talking last night before turning in and the topic of the pro-choice mindset came up. It got me to thinking, I honestly do not really know what the pro-choice mindset is. I have my assumptions but we all know what "assume" means. To be honest the pro-choice position is one that at least from the rhetoric is one that is completely outside of my conception. I mean how can anybody deny that little person growing enutero is a person? I have my assumptions but what is really forming their world view?

Assumption 1 - A knee jerk reaction to being told they cannot do something. - Humans and Americans, in particular, do not like legal regulation limiting the choices they can make, particularly when they involve personal decisions.

Assumption 2 - Selfishness - They want to be free from something that can drastically change their lives and let's face it nothing changes a life more than pregnancy and birth. In their desire to do what they want they will do what ever it takes to eliminate any obstacle.

Assumption 3 - Fear - As my wife shared with me being pregnant when your looking to be pregnant is a scary thing, so she could not imagine what it would be like if one wasn't looking to have children. Fear is a major driving force in forming people's opinions because they are going to make choices that will allow them to avoid what they fear. I avoid doctors partly because of a fear of needles. In a manner of speaking, abortion or at least being pro-choice allows people to avoid the thing that scares them.

Assumption 4 - Equality - Frequently, I see them arguing an infringement of women's rights when ever a ruling or law is pass limiting abortion. This makes me think they see abortion as a means of achieving equality with men. Honestly, I do not see how this is giving equality because I do not have a right to commit premeditated murder, thus bringing me back to my initial premise of not understanding the pro-choice mindset.

These are my assumptions, are they right? I don't know. However, I can't help but think that it would be a great help to figure out and understand the pro-choice mindset if I am ever going to successfully communicate and convince them of the veracity of the pro-life view.


John G Erikson said...

Your assumtions are quite creative but please let me fill you in on the mindset of a "pro-choiser" like myself.

The embrio is part of a woman's body weather it has evolved to a fetus or not. and ontop of it being part of her body it does not have free will or the ability to play out thoughts in a mind (this is what you christians refer to as the soul) so it is in no way a person it is a blueprint or a plan of a person inside a womans body that if carried out could cause serious injury or even death. And if that woman is not planning to care and love that child she should have every right to kill that blueprint.

Dr. Luther in the 21st Century said...

Thank you for your insight.

At least in your case I can see that your mindset is based in ignorance.
At least, it is apparent that you are ignorant of embryology.
1. Embryos do not evolve. This is a misconception created in the late 19th century and early 20th century when scientists noticed that at different points the child resembled other species. They postulated that we replay evolution in our fetal development. However, with advent of genetic studies we know that this is untrue. A human fetus is human from the day of conception.

2. The embryo is not a part of the woman's body. All of its support tissues, with the exception of the uterine lining, are created and developed by the embryo.

3. Your determination of the child's inability to think is a bold one considering that from a scientific pov, we do not even have the beginnings of an understanding of how thought or will occur with in adults.

4. The embryo is not a nebulous blueprint. He or she is a living being. They may not look like you or I but that does not make he or she less of a human.

P.S. I would highly suggest that you get yourself a dictionary.