Mickey Malta

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I’m against “No to Abortion”. Does that make me a pro-abortionist then?

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Abortion is an ethical issue that is, most of the time, hijacked by hysterical guerrillas

Abortion is an ethical issue that is, most of the time, hijacked by hysterical guerrillas

Someone drew my attention about a Facebook group called “No to Abortion”. However, before I go any further, I want to put the record straight: I acknowledge that every single person is entitled to an opinion, and I respect that these opinions may be different to mine.

What I don’t understand, however, is people joining pointless groups with no common purpose or objective.

What does “no to abortion” mean? I thought that the group description will give some details about the reason why it was created, and what message it wants to convey. Essentially, the group description should tell us what this group stands for so that we will subscribe to it if we agree, and ignore it if we disagree.

To my jaw-dropping surprise, the description was dry. Desert sand dry. It reads: “Abortion is killing, it is evil. Why are some so proud to support the killing of the innocent?

Are you any wiser about this group’s raison d’etre? I may be super thick, and if so, please do help me understand. Please explain to me why I should join this group, and what message am I delivering by joining.

I have a compulsive revulsion towards sweeping and blanket statements. Tragically, this ‘description’ joins the two. That makes me want to smoke 5KGs of marijuana and drink 3 bottles of wine maybe – just maybe – I’ll be able to control my palpitations.

Let’s start by dissecting the statement: “Abortion is killing, it is evil.” Killing? Wouldn’t ‘murder’ be more appropriate, maybe? And who are we to judge people’s actions? For if they do an evil action voluntarily, they must have evil intentions, right? Wouldn’t that make the person (who does the evil act) an evil person? Essentially, what this group seems to be saying is that every single person who has an abortion is killing someone or something, and therefore is performing an evil action. So what’s the difference between murder and killing you may ask? Killing implies the termination of life; but this may include insects, plants, animals . . . . and humans. I kill hundreds of insects a month. Am I evil, then? Does that make me an abortionist? On the other hand, murder is the killing of . . . . humans – of whom I killed none.

Now for the second statement: “Why are some so proud to support the killing of the innocent?” Who are these ‘some’ and where are they? Is anyone putting any pressure on the authorities to introduce abortion? Is there anyone out there wearing “proud to be pro-abortion” t-shirts and badges? Or is this ANOTHER case of who doesn’t support our crusade is an infidel? Min mhux maghna, kontra taghna.

For the gran finale we are rewarded with the scream “STOP IT NOW”. Now it’s my turn to scream AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was that loud enough? Who is this group asking to ‘stop it’? Is it addressed to all the countries that allow abortion? Is it addressed to the inhabitants of this rock? Who exactly needs to stop what? If you’re issuing instructions, next time please make sure that you’re crystal clear. Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Needless to say, this ‘message’ must rank high in the top 1,000 logical fallacies of all times. It puts all those women who performed an abortion in the same category. Let me give a parallel example, and you will be able to appreciate how ridiculous this group is. Since “abortion is murder”, I will just switch the two words: abortion and murder.

If I set up a group called “No to Murder”, I am sure that thousands of people will join. However, if I will ask each and every individual and challenge them about their beliefs on the subject, I can assure you that there will be a number of “maybes” and “nays”. For instance: what about killing someone else to defend yourself? Is this kind of murder ‘evil’? Is it an evil act performed by an evil person? Even the criminal codes in many countries make a distinction between voluntary murder, self defence, and crime of passion.

Therefore if we change once again the terms “abortion” and “murder”, and look at cases where a woman’s pregnancy is detrimental to her health, are we sure that abortion in this case will be evil? In any case, without medical intervention, someone is going to die. It’s either the baby, the mother, or both.

What about abortions in cases of absolute certainty that the baby will suffer from extensive brain damage? By severe brain damage, I mean lack of awareness and consciousness. It’s what is commonly referred to as ‘being in a vegetative state’. Is this evil? Wouldn’t it be better to help both the family (yes, when this person grows up to become a child and later an adult, the burden on the family is huge and yet the person is still totally unaware of the life s/he is living) and the child in this case? Isn’t this the same as switching off life support machines for grown-ups?

What about rape? Honestly speaking, I don’t feel qualified to talk about this as I’m not a woman. I am aware that as a man, I am not sensitive enough (and I can never be) to the effects – or even the mere threat – of rape. As a man, my mindset is completely different, and I can never understand how a woman who’s been impregnated by her rapist feels. So how can I pontificate about this matter?

Before we get all emotional about abortion, I think that there needs to be a natural evolution of ideas. Abortion is a very complicated issue, both moral and legal, as it brings together many different topics in ethics: from bioethics to moral ethics; from scientific data to religious beliefs.

We didn’t even ever have an academic discussion about this. If such a delicate discussion is not influenced by academic debate, we can and will never be able to hold have a balanced and informed debate.

The strange thing is that Gift of Life gave birth to the discussion about abortion. Before their hysterical antics, no one discussed the topic as it was regarded as a non issue. Now they have started the ball rolling, and their guerrilla tactics are scaring academics (not that locally it’s difficult to scare them) to take part in this delicate debate. There is a massive lack of awareness about the subject, and many people still equate abortion with the butchering of foetuses. Very few people seem to be aware of pills and medicine that induce miscarriage in the first months, for example.

The abortion issue here is akin to a genetic engineering experiment gone horribly wrong, and the unnecessary hysteria is stifling an interesting, intelligent debate.


Written by mickeymalta

15/04/2009 at 19:47