Found a this festering Dumpster fire not horribly long ago and figured, why not take this down? All the usual warnings apply: there will be language and such. So if you don’t like that, don’t read below the fold. If you’re good with it, then let’s go!
We start out with someone basically trying to say that the truth hurts in purple prose. Yes, the truth hurts. But sometimes what someone claims is truth is actually a huge appeal to emotions. Like this, for example:
Now, on to the questions: Were you ever a fetus? Were you ever in your mother’s womb?
If you answer yes to either of these questions, then you affirm the personhood of the unborn.
I was also an egg in one of my mother’s ovaries and a sperm in one of my father’s testis. Your point, if you have one? Because this simply affirms the personhood of the pre-conceived.
Now there’s a slippery damned slope if I’ve ever seen one. If it sounds familiar, it definitely should: this is the same idea as PeTA’s slogan: “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” In other words, swatting a fly is the same as murdering an elderly relative. There is no spectrum and all are equal. But that’s not the case.
You cannot be “you” without being a person.
You were once a fetus.
Therefore you, as a fetus, were also a person.
Yes, I was a fetus. But I changed. I was also half an egg and half a sperm but I changed. Again, a fetus is not a person; they do not have the right to vote because they cannot. They don’t own property because they cannot. When I was a fetus, I didn’t even breathe on my own or take a shit; it was all on my mother to take care of that sort of thing.
I couldn’t do any of that sort of thing on my own yet as I had not properly developed.
Denying the status of personhood to the unborn is a metaphysical claim, not a scientific one. To be clear, metaphysical claims are valid. In fact, they are unavoidable. One side just seems more aware of this than the other.
Yeah, the rational side that says, “Uh, wait a sec here! That’s not how any of this works at all!” Because metaphysical doesn’t exist. You may as well say, “Taking the unicorn’s feelings into account…” when you’re discussing this.
Then there’s this (emphasis mine):
The fact that humans have tendencies to reduce things, including personhood, into scientifically accessible categories, does nothing to show personhood is merely chemical reactions and synapses firing. The assertion that the unborn are not persons is no more scientific and no less metaphysical of a claim than the belief in human souls.
Oh. Holy. SHIT.
There is no such thing as a soul. Personhood is a chemical reaction and due to synapses firing. The reason you exist is literally in your damned head! You are you because of your brain. That is why people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and CTE are radically different than they were before they had these diseases. They changed because their brains have fucking changed!
You are a brain. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. It’s the cold, hard truth but there it is in black and white. You are you because of your brain, not because god made you all special and stuff and blew some magical wind in your nose.
We’d like to think that somehow, we’re different, special. That we are better than all the other animals out there because we have a special kind of thing called a “soul”. But that isn’t real. It never was. There is nothing about your personality that will go on living after death. Again, this is a cold, hard fact.
The truth isn’t pretty. But in this case, it is the actual truth and not a fluffy metaphysical one.
The implications of this are considerable. The Fourteenth Amendment says no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Given that the unborn are persons, it is clear that this most vulnerable class of human beings should be provided this equal protection under the law. Our jurisprudence should reflect this reality.
So what, every fetus gets a nice condo by the ocean now? Because if we’re going full-on 14th Amendment, shouldn’t we be giving fetuses homes? And no, I am not talking about a uterus, either. Or maybe a car? Or some nice designer clothes? I mean, if these little guys are people, what of their modesty?
Some may now decide to deny they were ever in their mother’s womb in order to avoid the conclusion that the unborn are persons. This is a mistake with one exception; namely, a reductio ad absurdum argument. These are conclusions that seem so absurd that there is warrant to go back and reexamine the truth of the premises.
Actually, I wasn’t. The fetus that eventually developed into what I am today was but that took years of development. And again, half of me was an egg from my mother and the other half was a sperm from my father. Do we wish to extend special rights to sperm and egg since they can be the potential of a human? Do we outlaw male masturbation and label it mass murder? Do we investigate a woman’s menstrual cycles to make absolutely sure that this was her usual monthly rather than an induced period to prevent pregnancy? Will doctors need to prescribe condoms and spermicides since they prevent pregnancy and might be considered murder weapons? Will there be a week-long waiting period for IUDs? What of nocturnal emissions; will they be investigated as a possible homicide? Where do we draw the line here?
If you don’t believe you were ever in your mother’s womb, you must believe that you did not exist until you were born. The circumstances around your own birth seems to clearly involve an accidental change (a difference of location) rather than an essential one. In other words, it is absurd to believe cutting the umbilical cord is the act that furnishes every human being with the status of “person.”
Prime has often said that he doesn’t believe that most people reach full sapience until they hit their twenties. He’s also said he thinks that some never reach it at all.
He’s right. Sapience takes time. Personhood takes time. If we’re going to use this argument, we may as well say that fetuses get voting rights. That they can have a license to drive a car. That they can serve in the military. That they can own a weapon. That they can get married in utero. Because these little guys are people too and should be entitled to those rights. And we should also be ready to see this slide straight into a no-person’s land where sperm and egg are given more rights than living, breathing individuals who just so happen to be trans or gay.
Think about that for a second. Really think about that. It should scare the hell out of you. It scares the hell out of me.