My take: pro life (Originally Published On 1/14/2018)

Being pro life does not mean you stop caring about the life once it is born. That's an outright myth; a straw man. Honestly, that is a near indefensibleThe  stance concerning birth, death, and values. I cannot say I actually know a single person who maintains it as a good idea to cease care for infants. I would venture to say that this approach has more to do with rhetoric than substance or progress, though I'm sure one could come up with more than a casual couple of cases to offer as a situation to substantiate the claim.

If it is to be believed as stated, this claim is one that requires an individual to project a core belief onto the conscience of another individual - even in spite of the stated disagreement with the position posited. Assuming that core belief is the position, this core belief would be that the self (the individual speaking) is of greater value than the potential of the being in question (the baby or fetus), and this core belief would then be shared between both parties. But let's give this position the benefit of the doubt, for argument's sake in the least.

The belief starts with the impression that the individuals own person has value which has been determined at a racial level, or at the point that has come to separate homo sapiens from the gamut of lower primates; much like that which defines us as species. This value can be improved upon through laborious studies to achieve what we have collectively deemed a better understanding of how to navigate the world surrounding us. This desire for improvement and empowerment through information is part of what keeps our race at the front (or top) of the research tree or the forefront of development. Very much akin to the way we encourage our children to press through a difficult period, we have learned a variety of methods to retain our focus on the goal or aspiration, and, much like children left unsupervised, these methods don't always sit within the borders of the acceptable, natural, or permittable. This value could help designate for our life the most appropriate avenue for productive living whilst being a good stewart toward the are that we make into our habitat.

When we begin to extrapolate lessons and principles from this value, we begin to build a system of checks and balances about that which we encounter; of course we can read books about things we would almost certainly never encounter and be just as well for divining some guide (likely what we would call wisdom?) to offer insight to those going through a similar time, even if only it were to be in terms of morality. One could make the case that it is not necessary to rob a bank to understand how robbing a bank or a neighbor is an immoral act. It is not necessary to murder another human to understand the err in the unjust taking of another humans life; these are acts that we can analyze and contemplate without having to reach the point of an actual undertaking to reach a conclusion.

For this core belief (being pro life does means you stop caring about the life once it is born, so abortion should be a readied option for women) to be congruent with the rest of an individuals positions, one must reach a point where opinion has the most gravity on a situation (namely, pregnancy). "I don't want this child" has to be a vivid thought before it becomes the action. Perhaps its not a pervasive thought; perhaps the act of thinking - thinking critically - has been overpowered or drowned out by the suggestions of the social engineers of the local Planned Parenthood. Perhaps it was simply a moment of panic and emotional distress that led to a new mantra - not a thought, a mantra - "I just have to get through this".

The truth, as far as I can see it, is simple. By definition, 'conception' indicates life:

[per] "Conception - 1 - a)the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both"

The science tends to lean toward an air of caution when it comes to life. Perhaps we should look at that next.

Thank you for reading.


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