RUSSELL BRAND, himself eight years sober, remarking on the death of his friend, Amy Winehouse.
I don’t know a whole lot about Russell Brand except that he has terrible hair and isn’t really funny and is married to Katy Perry, but this article is gorgeous and exactly right on in terms of addiction. A recommended read. Even if you don’t care about Amy Winehouse.
man, i just love him so much.
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just for a moment. Just go with me here.
Say, just for the sake of argument, that a fetus (prior to… 24 weeks which is when the vast majority of abortions take place, prior to 24 weeks) is a person. Legally. let’s say it has all the rights of a person. Presumably a pre-adult person so it can’t vote or hold office or anything like that, but you know it has the same rights as a under one year old baby say.
Now we know how pregnancy works, right? We know that up until a certain point (and certianly before 24 weeks) the fetus can not live outside the mother’s womb right? It just can’t happen. It’s growing, it’s developing. Actually before 24 weeks it can’t actually feel pain. It’s not wired up yet. Can’t happen. But still, let’s give it the rights of a already born child, just for this thought experiment.
Now we also know that no other legal person, with rights, actually has the right to use another person’s body against their will right? Not even to live. Not even if they are going to die a horrible, tragic, painful death if they don’t use another person’s body (even if it doesn’t kill their ‘host’). Most folks can live with one kidney but if I was dying, literally dying, I don’t have the right to force another human being into donating a kidney. Say I was going to die without a blood transplant, or a bone marrow transplant. I can’t pick a random person off the street (or even a relative for that matter) with the same blood type as me and FORCE! them to give me blood, not even to save my life. I certainly can’t do this for 9 full months (or even just 24 weeks), no way. I’d be the one going to jail.
So what do we do when our legally a person fetus is using someone’s body against their will? When they are doing it without the pregnant person’s consent? Do we send them to court? Do we put them in jail? Do we ask them why they’re leaching off the life of this unwilling, unconsenting person? Do we penalize them for that? We penalize everyone else.
I am anticipating a ‘well we don’t KILL! someone who steals a kidney/liver/lung/blood from an unconsenting person’. And yes you are correct in that assessment. In the US at least. But for the purposes of this analogy, I want to point out there is a difference between killing someone and letting them die, legally speaking. There’s a difference between someone bleeding out because they can’t get a blood transplant and putting a gun to their head and pulling the trigger. And remember, legally our person-fetus has no leg to stand on. They have no right to use another person’s body against their will. They just don’t. You can’t get around that, not with the laws we have in place right now (in the US). If you give them that right than why aren’t you giving rights to the people who need kidney transplants to force other people to just give up a kidney. Or blood. Or bone marrow, or what have you. Why aren’t you telling someone they have a right to take my blood by force and without my consent for (at the very least) 9 months? That would make sense right? That would be logical.
Or wait… is a fetus special? Why? Because it hasn’t been born yet? Because it needs our protection. Because it can’t live without the aid of another human being. What about the person bleeding out up there? They can’t live without another human being. Is it the pre-born thing? Why are we giving more rights to the pre-born fetus? What is it about that status that makes them so special? Honestly. I want a real answer here. Why does a pre born fetus have right that trump the pregnant person (not to mention people needing another kidney, or a lung, or blood, or bone marrow or a million other things you can get without killing a person but aren’t allowed to take without consent)… seriously, why?
I would now like to remind everyone that this was just a hypothetical. Fetuses are still not people, they are not babies, they are not children. Are they alive? Sure but so is my kidney. It has living cells. So is the pregnant person for that matter and the pregnant person can think and feel pain and make conscious decisions and… you know choose things.
And I’m still pro choice.
I want to snuggle with this post. I love it.