Abortion is a Natural Offshoot of Socialism
“What am I gonna do? What’ll I say??” said Tracey Lord in the film “High Society,” during the scene where she’s decided to call off her wedding.
“Your father will make an announcement,” replies her mother, “Anything special you want me to say?”
“Oh, thank you. No,” replies Tracey, “I got myself into it, I’ll get myself out.”
“The Philadelphia Story” (of which High Society is a remake) has the line this way: “Uh, no, no. I’ll say it. Whatever it is, I’ll say it. I won’t be got out of anything anymore, thanks.”
Regardless of the wording, she says it in either version, Tracey Lord finally got it. It finally dawned on her that she had spent her life being “gotten out” of situations. She was finally taking responsibility. SHE was going to get HERSELF out of the situation she put herself in.
I’m going to make a seemingly odd correlation here.
Abortion is a natural offshoot of socialism. It’s not THE cause, but it’s a major driving factor.
We—as a society— have developed quite a fondness for victimhood. “I don’t have XYZ/I want XYZ, therefore racism/sexism/bigotry/misogyny/capitalism/rich people …” In other words, who can I blame for my current predicament?
I believe that this penchant for victimhood stems from Marxist thinking which—all boiled down—is really just about a reliance on government to solve your problems for you by taking away what others have. For socialism to work there must be a permanent victimhood class, you need people to continue to believe that they hold no personal responsibility for their lot in life, and that it can (and should) be resolved FOR them. Because, fairness.
This approach towards life then feeds RIGHT into abortion, PARTICULARLY this latest rash of proponents arguing for POST-BIRTH abortions (which, gosh—is usually what police have that yellow tape for and I *think* we used to call that a murder).
Abortion is a natural offshoot of socialism.
When you convince a society (or large portions of it, anyway) that they shouldn’t be held personally responsible for their economic state, doesn’t it hold that they shouldn’t be held responsible for other choices that they make?
Say, like sex?
With obvious exceptions (rape, for example—and I still think it’s wrong in rape!), a pregnancy is the result of an activity in which two people willing engaged.
Abortion is about taking away the consequence of an action that YOU took.
And again, as our country shifts further and further left (with the cult-following that unabashed socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have, for example), this mentality becomes more pervasive.
“I did something that resulted in something I don’t want, therefore I should have the right to eliminate that consequence from my life, for ANY reason.”
Let’s tackle a few of the harder cases.
“Ok, but what about in the cases where the mother wants a child but is told her unborn baby is severely deformed and isn’t worth trying to carry to term?”
That’s not about the health of the mother—and it’s still about getting rid of something you don’t want to deal with.
Yes, it is.
That’s about getting rid of a child that could potentially be an immense financial and emotional burden. To abort that deformed child who is in desperate need of your love and care regardless of how short his or her life will be, is to decide not to face the challenges and expenses that caring for (whether palliative or lifelong) a severely physically or mentally deformed child would entail.
Here’s the deal, kiddos: parenthood begins at conception. When you have ~the sex~ … you sign up for the whole shebang; for all the marbles—no ifs, ands or buts.
“What about when thee mother decides to abort her child because she wants to put it out of his or her misery?”
Well then, then we’ve entered a whole new realm of awful (enter Virginia Governor Ralph “Infanticide” Northam). If we’re going down that road, there are countless children’s hospitals across the world that should really, under that premise, close up shop today. I mean, where’s the line?
Again, it boils down to eliminating responsibility and difficulty.
“What about if the health of the mother TRULY IS in danger? What about when it’s a decision of WHICH life to save, when it is certain that it cannot be both?”
First off, this is a moot point in late term as there is ZERO medical reason for an abortion that far in, but I’ve digressed.
Look, I had college classmate go through this very situation—and it’s heart wrenching. She was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant—and was doubtless counseled to get an abortion so she could save her own life. Frankly it’s hard even for me to contemplate, because in that instance it’s not an abortion of convenience; it truly is to save the life of the mother.
My classmate went on to make the ULTIMATE sacrifice for her child, carrying him to term and giving him life while hers was slowly overtaken by the cancer. She was the true embodiment of bravery and selflessness—which, in the context of this piece, runs in stark contrast to the gospel of Marxism.
Let me sort of rein all of this in, because I know there’s a lot going on.
What I’m trying to say is simply this: we live in a society that glorifies two things: self-deification, and victimhood (ironically at the same time).
Deep down, people want to be their own god, and abortion’s a great way to do that.
Abortion is steeped in selfishness and draped in faux compassion; all things that socialism injects day after day into our culture.
This isn’t “codifying women’s access to reproductive health care;” this isn’t a “giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health;” this isn’t (as I heard one commentator say this week) about protecting women from being prosecuted.
This is murder, dressed up in so-called women’s rights, and adorned with myriad excuses. But all boils down to one thing: it’s all about me.
If we want to fight abortion, we need to understand that one of the strongest feeds into abortion is Marxism. We need to fight ideologies that promote victimhood, and we need to teach FREEDOM—which I don’t believe you can do without teaching that each person is a created, loved, precious child of a loving God who has wonderfully knit them in the wombs of their mothers (because ultimately Marxist ideology seeks to remove God from the equation all together).
Marxist thinking encourages selfishness while punishing virtue and selflessness.
So yes, abortion is a natural offshoot of socialism.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com, and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show on KSEV 700 Radio in Houston. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree