I’ve been arguing with an anti-abortion hardcore christian yesterday, and despite entire thing causing me to become enraged at the blatant hatred and dismissal of women’s lives, I feel like I started realizing where is this entire viewpoint coming from.
For instance, I explained to this person that the body autonomy comes before other’s right to life, like if someone right now was dying and needs your blood, or your liver, nobody can force open you up and take whatever they need, because your rights over your own body precede other’s right to life, and they just dismissed it with “it shouldn’t be looked at that way.” I tried to explain the disastrous consequences of not giving rights to abortion to young girls and women who have high rates of dying in childbirth and during pregnancy, they dismissed it with “all of our lives are nearing to an end anyway” basically saying, so what, kill them, they would have eventually died anyway (that is murder rhetoric), I tried to advocate with women who are impregnated by force and raped, they decided to pretend this isn’t an issue, and told me women are created to give birth, when I argued it is not that we’re created to do it, but we have the means and the power to do it, and it’s on us to use it the way we want to, they said “no, women don’t have that right.”
And that one really hit me, women don’t have that right? Because if women did have that right, that would be rather terrifying, wouldn’t it? Because women are the only people on this planet who have the power to give birth, to create life, in that sense we all exactly like gods, able to bestow life when we decide we want to, when we deem it’s what we want. That’s what they’re trying to take away from us here. They want their god to be the one to decide who we give life to, and when and why and in what situation, they don’t want our free will to affect us being child-bearing machines of the world. But there is no god above women. There is no authority of life above women. We are the highest and final authority on life on earth. Once this has reached our collective minds, they are in big trouble. That’s why they fight so hard to prove that we are just incubators, not beings of free will, because once a human has a way to create life, and a free will to decide weather to do it or not, that individual becomes a god. That’s what we were all along. Source of all human life on earth.
Also, women not having the final authority of life created on earth is not only deadly and destructive for women, but for the entire human population, our society, our culture, our environment. When rights are taken away from women, life quality of everyone involved goes down. Women are the ones who will do 90% of the work for the baby, they will have to keep it alive, they will have to make sure the baby has resources to survive, they will have to protect it from death, keep it safe and cared for, so women are the only ones who actually know what bringing a child to life actually means. They’re the only ones who are qualified of making the call, not only because they’ll be lending their own body for the sake of new life, but because they’re the only ones who are able to analyze the state of resources and quality of life in their environment, including their own energy and willpower which is vital, and decide weather bringing another child into that environment is a crime or not. Nobody else actually gives a shit. And nobody else faces the consequences of this decision the way women do. Giving women absolute authority over their bodies, and over childbirth is the only way humanity can keep on going without destroying itself.