Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Pretend I'm a tree and save me

Most people I know are fairly comfortable being morally outraged about the rapine of the rain forests, the pillage of the oceans and the plunder of the environment.

Whether it's carbon emissions, bluefin tuna, melting polar ice caps, or the treatment of dogs in China, we can all shake our heads in grim agreement and be of one accord.
Causes which are widely espoused, especially those which have  been made groovy by the support of a  celeb, are even more likely  to win approval and agreement.

It's an easy kind of virtue that doesn't cost even a little independant thought, let alone courage.

Some, like these warriors, really let it all hang out when it comes to their passionate defense of nature.



With eco indifferent hearts of stone, we found it pretty funny seeing them all weeping and apologising to the trees. Those extreme tree huggers are Intense man.


So then I saw this on Breadgirls blog.


Thinking about it makes me feel like I have a stomach full of rocks.

The unborn are persons. Only they happen to still be inside and we can't see them. And if we can't see them we can pretend they are something else.






(  For those who are sensitive, as I am, to images, this video does not have any images of abortion. Just quotes and pictures of  the unborn at various stages of gestation. It is worth watching.)

Here is an interview with bio ethicist doctor Rosario Laris which helpfully discusses many persistent myths surrounding abortion and the "need to keep it legal" ( HT Love Undefiled)

So we can all agree that animal cruelty is wrong, but despite evidence that even the 8 week old fetus can experience pain, the abortion discussion is "controversial".
When are we going to have this conversation?

8 comments:

  1. I find it so frustrating that even among Christians (who should automatically be pro-life) there seems to be such an apathy about it. Because it is generally done in secret and we don't have documentaries and newspaper articles about it all the time, people don't seem to appreciate how significant it is. Everyone was bothered by the Haitian earthquake yet the same number of people are killed by abortion in the UK every year without a public outcry. I think part of the problem is that it is a bit of a taboo subject because so many people have personally done it whereas people don't feel like they have been personally responsible for rainforests etc. so it doesn't feel like an attack if you criticise rainforest destruction. Incidentally unborn animals have more protection than unborn humans because they are protected from 50% gestation.

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  2. I can't even form the words to express how I feel about this :(
    Is it ok if I post this to my Facebook?

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  3. Susan
    "I think part of the problem is that it is a bit of a taboo subject because so many people have personally done it whereas people don't feel like they have been personally responsible for rainforests etc. so it doesn't feel like an attack if you criticise rainforest destruction. "
    Great point. I think you're absolutely right.
    "Incidentally unborn animals have more protection than unborn humans because they are protected from 50% gestation."
    Is that right? Can you point me to any more info on that?

    Hattie
    Feel free to post it on FB!

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  4. That is so moving. I might just post that on my blog at some point.

    I am reminded of the line in a Casting Crowns song: "As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
    That save the trees and kill the children".

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  5. The 50% gestation must be in the UK. Here in the US they will spay a dog or cat at full term. Very sad.

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  6. Those tree huggers need to be taken to the nearest padded boudoir and have the key thrown away.

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  7. I read it in the report by the Commission of Inquiry into Fetal Sentience. They reference their claim to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. (And yes I did mean in the UK - I probably should have made that clear.)

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  8. Clare
    This is an excellent post. Your family and friends have a treasure in you and children not yet born have a great friend too. May God bles you for your caring ways.

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