Women’s rights, abortion issue

Abortion issue:

– Without the billions of abortions of recent decades overpopulation in the world would be far worse with widespread catastrophic famines, mass migrations, and more crimes and wars.

– It is not an issue of “pro choice” or “pro life”: Worldwide, most women who seek abortions feel that their pregnancy is catastrophic for them, their families, and their communities – they feel like they have no choice; they may accept much risks and pain to accomplish an abortion.

– People who oppose abortions are not “pro life” – most are opposed to major sacrifices to save real children and mothers in poor countries, or work with organizations that help reduce crime rates, etc. (instead many pray and make small contributions).

– Most who oppose abortions are hypocritical in that they assert Western countries cannot absorb refugees from extremely poor regions with high levels of violence – how could they absorb unwanted children born here in the U.S.?

– Compassion for embryos and fetuses is spurious – if it is sincere, it is based on false, religion-inspired ideas. We cannot emotionally connect with very primitive beings that hardly have even the slightest hint of sentience; and people hardly feel compassion for distant beings they cannot relate to – how could they feel sympathy with embryos in some distant, poor women’s body. (Most of these ‘compassionate’ Christians are not vegetarians and do nothing to stop cruelty against farm animals.)

We must always remember, women do not get themselves pregnant, men impregnate women.

   With abortions interfering laws are unconstitutional:

1. While it is impossible to prevent middleclass and wealthy women to get abortions, the laws exclusively target, discriminate against, poor women (who do not know how to get abortion-inducing pills over the internet, and they cannot travel to places where women’s reproductive rights are legally protected).

2. The laws are based on religions violating the separation of state and church. (They do not even represent Biblical texts and many religious scholars do not agree with their interpretations).

3. They constitute practicing medicine without license. [Laws addressing the practice of medicine must be extremely rare, generally they must be considered necessary because many physicians practice far outside the standard of care and Medical Boards are not able to rein in the unethical doctors, for instance physicians that practice obsolete medicine, treat patients in unnecessarily cruel ways, or practice in unscientific ways that they believe to be mandated by their religion.]

There is the additional issue in that two recent Supreme Court appointees were endorsed by the Federalist Society that is socially very conservative and often aligned with conservative religiosity; and more importantly, the president vowed that he will appoint Supreme Court judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade – particularly this second factor should disqualify the two judges from participating in decisions concerning abortion rights. Furthermore, Brett Kavanaugh is an active Catholic, lector at his Washington, D.C. church, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and he also tutored at the Washington Jesuit Academy. Considering that this case is partly an issue of separation of Church and State, as a devout Catholic and religious teacher, he cannot be involved in objectively judging medical-social-ethical issues in which his religious beliefs leave no space for discussion.

Regarding the role of religions: Religions, science and political decisions

   Religions’ roles must be seen as primarily offering meaningful rituals, social connectedness, and spirituality that is independent from specific beliefs. They may teach forms of meditation, encourage self-exploration, and use of self-suggestions. They are historically important, mythical and many of their texts are poetic. But religions must not compete with sciences and their cultural morality must not contradict global ethics.

   Obviously, if there is a personal God, nobody knows His/Her will. While many claim to have “faith,” their actions usually contradict their prayers and teachings (Christians are to be pacifist – the “just war” theories are very feeble at best – and Jesus taught to love our neighbors and enemies, not to judge, and not to condemn) All political parties must act ethically and respect human rights; they must not base actions on cultural-religious morality and mandates.

   It is not true that all religions agree on basic truths; beliefs regarding afterlife and/or punishments after death vary greatly; cultural moralities of different religions and their sects are very diverse. In addition, most religions integrated unethical local cultural traditions. Religions are very divisive and easily lead to discord, fights and wars.

  Basic in the pursuit of global natural ethics are: scientific knowledge about human nature, and research of wants, aspirations, and particularly preferences that people universally agree on. Rather than following some cultural-religious morality, we need to manage and control instincts that may lead to unethical behaviors, and we must find ways to be humane and compassionate towards all people and all other sentient beings, considering both present and future being.

More specifically concerning (conservative) Christians’ anti-abortion stance: believing in Jesus, basically means, in everyday life and in our attitudes and decision-making, to
• Love everyone, including your enemy – turn the other cheek, forgive, be compassionate, have mercy.
• Give (much of your wealth) to the poor, do not oppress the poor, do not accumulate wealth and material
things; in the New Testament, debts is never mentioned in a positive way , and charging interests was not
allowed; almost everything Jesus said about riches, prosperity and wealth was negative.
• Main sins condemned by Jesus include selfishness, pride, unbelief, hypocrisy, greed, unforgivenness,
hatred, disobedience, judging others, impurity.
• Abortions are not mentioned in the New Testament and very little is written about sex.
• Fetuses and embryos are not respected independent individuals in the Old Testament, only a potential
asset to a pregnant women’s husband. An unmarried pregnant women was supposed to be executed
Causing an abortion by fighting and injuring a pregnant women leads to a fine to be paid to the husband [Exodus, 21:22], which implies a husband is allowed to beat his pregnant wife until she aborts.
[Genesis 38:24 "…she is pregnant as a result of whoredom." And Judah said "Bring her out and let her be burned."] In Leviticus 10:10-21 and Deuteronomy 22:13-19, three statements address the death penalty for womenthat were found to being involved in immoral sex; there is no consideration that the likelihood of pregnancy is a significant in such women.

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