Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What's it to ya?

The dating website OKCupid creates match percentages based on how participants answer participant-created questions. A popular question on the site is this: "Are some human lives worth more than others?" and a popular answer among the women whose profiles I've viewed is "Yes."

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I don't generally like to talk about abortion on this website, for a few reasons.

First, because it's a very personal issue, and the internet is not a great place for discussing topics about which emotions are already pretty jacked up. Second, because as a man, it's not something that I'm ever going to have to deal with in my own body... I generally prefer leave that discussion (at least, on the internets) to women.

This didn't keep me from trying to write out a nuanced explanation of my thoughts on the matter back in 2009, expressing my frustration with what I see as a "Culture of Death" ...throwing in my two bits and then leaving them there until such time as something comes along to change my mind.

That hasn't really happened.

But this morning I came across a story that made me think about how a lot of women in this country seem to believe that some human lives are worth more than others. How such a high percentage of women say they would abort a deformed baby, and how -- in a very high percentage of cases of prenatally diagnosed down syndrome -- women do choose to abort the child.

Again... not something I'm having to deal with in my own body.

But when I saw the video embedded below, it made me wonder if in these cases, specifically, the ease with which we are willing to discard a human life because it is "abnormal" is yet another example of the mindset in which we view one sort of human life as being more valuable than another.

And I cannot help but feel in my gut that this is akin to the sort of ugly racism that is weakening and shaming this country, today.

I know it's a difficult issue, but I'd like to ask you to watch the video and ask yourself these questions:

"Would the world be a better place if Richie Parker had been aborted?"
"Is Richie Parker's life less worth living than mine, just because he hasn't any arms?"
"Are Richie Parker's parents better or worse off because they were handed the difficult task of raising such a child?"

I'm not trying to answer these questions for you... just putting them out there for your consideration. I'm not making a comment here on the law, nor am I attempting to weigh in on the screaming match that is "Women's Reproductive Rights."

I do think some things in life are worth getting worked up about... but that's not what I'm doing, here.

So, please... If you choose to comment... be gentle.

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