Burch: Tennessee leads Dark Ages revival

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

It should come as no surprise to anyone that a Tennessean is leading the charge of the Dark Brigade in its latest attempt to return women’s rights to the Middle Ages. According to a Democratic Underground article, “Rep. Marsha Blackburn found herself at the center of an emotionally charged debate over abortion Tuesday, as she led Republican efforts to pass a bill prohibiting the procedure more than 20 weeks into a pregnancy.”

An Associated Press dispatch noted that the House passing the “far-reaching anti-abortion bill” was seen by conservatives as a “milestone” in their “40-year campaign against legalized abortion." Of course many conservatives see the bill as a steppingstone to eventually banning all abortions. After all, that has been the GOP’s official stance for years, and it was just reaffirmed at the last Republican presidential convention.

According to Blackburn’s medieval “logic,” in her own words, the bill is “an appropriate response to Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors.” Now I am not going to defend Gosnell or any doctor who breaks the law of the land, especially the law against murder. But if my neighbor murders his children, I don’t launch an attack aimed at someone else’s wife. In the same way, there is no need to punish pregnant girls and women for Gosnell’s alleged crimes. Doctors should be held accountable to proper medical practices and the law of the land, but the crimes of doctors must not be used to rob other people of their rights.

According to Blackburn’s way of thinking (I use the term loosely), if a black gang member commits a crime, we should be able to pass legislation that strips black women of their constitutional rights. Of course that makes no sense. In the case of abortion, I believe there are two overriding questions. The first is: “Do women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies?” The second is: “Can abortion save unwanted babies from pain vastly greater than the brief pain of an abortion?” If the answer to both these questions is “yes,” we obviously don’t need legislation that makes abortion illegal, or puts a time limit on it.

To me it seems perfectly obvious that girls and women should have the right to decide whether they want to risk their lives, health, mental well being and futures by bringing children into the world. The decision to become a mother is a monumental decision, and I don’t think Marsha Blackburn, or anyone else, has the right to tell a young girl that she has no choice except to risk her life in childbirth, for a baby she doesn’t want.

And it also seems perfectly obvious to me that many unwanted babies born to mothers who are strung out on drugs and living with abusive men, are going to suffer vastly more than an aborted fetus. Life on earth can be incredibly difficult with the best of parents. It can literally become hell with neglectful and/or abusive parents.

Of course no caring, thinking person wants any baby to be aborted. Of course if there is going to be an abortion, we would all prefer for the abortion to happen before the central nervous system has developed to the point that a fetus can feel pain. But still, we have to carefully consider the nature of reality, the “nature of nature.” And the nature of this world is that it can be incredibly hard on unwanted babies. There is no law that can force a prostitute with AIDS, who’s strung out on heroin and being beaten by her pimp, to be a good mother. There is no law that can force her to be responsible, and seek an abortion in the first 20 weeks of her pregnancy. So why should there be a law that forces her baby to enter an incredibly difficult world, with a terrible disease and a terrible addiction, into the arms of an unfit mother and an abusive father? Why should multitudes of unwanted babies be punished, along with multitudes of American girls and women facing incredibly difficult choices, for the crimes of a single doctor, or a handful of doctors?

There are many girls and women who are unfit to be mothers. I would not want to be born to them. Would you? In my opinion, Marsha Blackburn is unfit to be an elected official, because she is working to strip American girls and women of their rights, while condemning unwanted babies to hell on earth.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

74 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/21/13 at 12:57

Fincher gets money for NOT growing food while people starve. Real Christian-like.

By: Mike Burch on 6/21/13 at 1:01

It's easy to say things like: "Everyone should have safe sex ... everyone should be responsible so that there are never any late term abortions ... if anyone breaks the law they should be castrated ... etc."

But none of that helps the fetuses, if they are forced to be born to mothers who don't want them. All the outraged "morality" in the world won't help the real victims: the unwanted babies.

And we have to accept the fact that we live in the real world. Most of us have taken unwise "chances" ourselves. Young people who are doing drugs or getting drunk are not going to always do the right things. We cannot legislate responsible behavior. Punishing irresponsible behavior after the fact does not help the real victims.

While some people here have protested my use of the word "brief" in relation to abortions, my point is that a life full of suffering is worse than the much quicker process of an abortion. Of course it would be better if there were never ANY abortions. Of course it would be better if there were never any late term abortions. But we live in the real world. Many adults are not responsible. Even more young people are not responsible. Should we punish babies by forcing them to be born to irresponsible parents, who don't want them? Is that fair to the babies?

If I had the choice, I would rather be aborted than born to parents who don't want me, and will put alcohol, drugs and "having fun" above my needs. When I became a father, I gave up partying. But many people are not ready, or not able, to become responsible parents. To force me to be born to terrible parents would be a crime, in my opinion. The world is hard enough with good parents. Why punish the babies, in order to satisfy the false "morality" of conservatives who will be damn sure not to pay the taxes required to help unwanted babies overcome the horrors they have to endure. The same people who would force the babies to be born are the people who angrily accuse poor people of wanting their money unfairly.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 1:02

If I don't get the chance later to say have a great weekend, I will take the time now. Have a great weekend. ;-)

By: brrrrk on 6/21/13 at 1:03

Mike Burch said

"But none of that helps the fetuses, if they are forced to be born to mothers who don't want them. All the outraged "morality" in the world won't help the real victims: the unwanted babies."

Saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, "Life begins when a child is wanted and loved".

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 1:08

You know you and I are going to hell Mike, by the standards of the Self-righteous.

It is better to be a sinner, than a hypocrite.

Captain Nemo-

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 1:09

That is good brrrrk.

By: brrrrk on 6/21/13 at 1:10

"We may not doubt that society in heaven consists mainly of undesirable persons."
- Mark Twain

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 1:12

Very well put, Mr. Burch. Thank you.

Also very well put, Neme! Hope you have a great weekend too!

By: Mike Burch on 6/21/13 at 1:14

I don't think any sane person is "for" late term abortions, as in wanting them.

I am not "for" euthanasia in the sense of wanting to end the lives of elderly people. But when my father decided to end his own life because he was suffering terribly, with no hope of recovery, I supported his decision to end his life by not going to dialysis.

In the same way, I am not "for" late term abortions. But I accept the fact that in many cases, a late term abortion will result in less pain than a life full of suffering, which is what many unwanted babies endure.

So I am against banning late term abortions, because if I was a baby, and I could choose between a few seconds or minutes of pain, or a life full of pain and despair, I would choose the pain of an abortion.

All the talk about "if everyone did the right things" is just that, talk. There are many irresponsible people who are not going to do the right things. Why punish the real victims, the babies, by forcing them to be born? I wish there were never ANY abortions, but I have to accept the nature of the real world, which can be incredibly cruel to unwanted babies, just as it was incredibly cruel to my father at the end of his life. He didn't want to live. Should there be laws that force him to live? Unfortunately, we can't ask unborn babies if they want to be born. We can only try to make the best of two terrible choices. If I was an unborn baby, I would hope someone would be compassionate enough not to force me to be born to parents who don't want me.

By: govskeptic on 6/21/13 at 1:27

Lot of easy statements to make since none of that took place. Self- sacrifice
in words is certainly not the same as in "the real thing". The world is full of
unwanted babies that have lived wonderful and productive lives in spite of
their birth status.

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 1:35

It would also be wiser, if the parents who didn't want their child but had it anyway, would consider adoption. I would rather be adopted to a loving family than aborted. But I would rather be aborted than unloved or unwanted.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 2:10

A friend was adopted, her younger snippet sister wasn't. The sister liked to throw off on my friend about being adopted. Friend would just reply "They picked me out & got what they wanted. they had to take you the way you came". Always liked that reasoning!

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 3:49

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 1:35
It would also be wiser, if the parents who didn't want their child but had it anyway, would consider adoption. I would rather be adopted to a loving family than aborted. But I would rather be aborted than unloved or unwanted.

You can hypothocate on being murdered by abortion all you want, but you've never been aborted so you can't say that with any credibility. And Mike never got pregnant, so he can't say what it would be like.

And Mike, instead of sitting on your butt writing your opinions, how about you form some type of outreach for all those suffering kids you didn't want to be born to start with?

My life was miserable at times. No dad at home, no child support from him and NO STATE AID and I recall one time at Easter when I was 11, my mom, sis and brother and I fleeing the house with only the clothes on our backs. Living the horror of an abusive husband & father can be helped with therapy and it was. But being murdered at birth gives no chance at all to have it made better.

People endure. People survive. People help them and they help themselves. Gov is right in his post - BUT you people have not been aborted so how do you know what the baby being killed is feeling?

Ever look at your dog and wonder if he or she is thinking? Well some babies look at people in a manner that makes me wonder: What is that baby hearing? Seeing? Understanding? Thinking?

My life is not perfect now, by the way. Cancer surgery and Parkinson treatments are not ideal. But I'm alive, I get up, suit up, show up and try my very best. That's all any of us can do.

Mike, can't figure out where you find these statements: "So I am against banning late term abortions, because if I was a baby, and I could choose between a few seconds or minutes of pain, or a life full of pain and despair, I would choose the pain of an abortion."

YOU HAVE NO FREAKING IDEA WHAT YOU WOULD DO "IF" BECAUSE YOU HAVE NEVER CROSSED THAT BRIDGE FOR YOURSELF. And IF Shit had wings, it could fly. Sorry to be crude, but you need to really go visit some people who have made it out of the life of pain and despair you write about. Find out what HOPE is really all about.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 3:54

Bud, cry me a river! Poor freaking, mistreated, sat on, pitiful bud. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 5:18

I am not pitiful. I was citing an example of someone whose childhood might be considered painful and who, according to pro-abortion (pro death) people, should have been aborted.

I was not crying. I have a wonderful life, even with some glitches. I'm grateful for hardships. They make us stronger and more grateful for good moments.

You are a nutcase bfra. A wacked off nutcase. I know someone who knows you and reads your stuff on here now. Says you can't be trusted. hmmm. who could that be? You know.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 5:25

Bud you have just about caught up with yogi on lying! Doesn't matter your MO was recognized shortly after you started posting here. Not much current news passing under the bridge - EH?

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 5:53

If you knew anyone that I know, you would be peeing all over yourself from being so anxious to show a name. Wanna try for another whopper?

By: dargent7 on 6/21/13 at 6:06

I'm afraid I'm for this bill.
20 weeks is 5 months. The 'fetus" can survive at 5 months in an incubator, "preemie".
Women/ teens/ girls have to realize that the decision to carry the baby HAS to be made as soon as they miss 2-3 periods.
These nit-wits are having unprotected sex, and wha-la! Pregnancy.
I'm in favor of 1st tri-mester for an uncontested abortion.
You start having them in the 3rd tri-mester and the line in the sand changes from a "zygote" to a viable human being.
Having a 9 month old term in the bathroom at the prom is so 80's.

By: dargent7 on 6/21/13 at 6:12

Biology 101: "After 20 days of conception, there is a heart beating..."
What? Where did you get this jibberish.
Suppose the brain is sending signals too.
It's a cellular mass, called a zygote.
The complex heart cannot "beat" in 20 days...maybe 20 weeks.
Know your calendar, Bud.

By: yogiman on 6/21/13 at 7:16

I hate to admit it, but it looks like you and I can't compete with brfa, on idiocy, budlight. She's proving it more every time she posts an article on this site. It looks like her idiocy is locked in her skull... somewhere in the back of her brain.

She may find it some day; but I do wonder.

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 7:34

By: dargent7 on 6/21/13 at 6:12
Biology 101: "After 20 days of conception, there is a heart beating..."
What? Where did you get this jibberish.
Suppose the brain is sending signals too.
It's a cellular mass, called a zygote.
The complex heart cannot "beat" in 20 days...maybe 20 weeks.
Know your calendar, Bud.

I googled it and saw 23 to 30 on wikki answers or something like that. Oh well, what difference does it make (as Hillary Clinton would say).

I agree with your 6:06 post. Contra-ception is the way to go.

By: BenDover on 6/21/13 at 8:18

Unfortunately late term abortion, just like all abortion, is used as a convenient form of birth control... as a convenience for the mother. Let's go back to a culture that lets those little viable babies go up for adoption rather than their spinal cords severed and brains sucked out so that this 'moment of indiscretion' can be disposed of like a soiled diaper.

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 11:37

Good night Ben. Have a good weekend; you too Yogi.

By: yogiman on 6/22/13 at 6:57

This site has proven we all have different opinions, ways of thinking and different values we go by, BenDover. In my 'feeble' way of thinking, an abortion is nothing more than murder.

The effect it has on many women has been proven many times how devastated they become mentally when they see the baby taken from their womb by murdering it.

In my way of thinking, the man and woman creating the need for an abortion should be "fixed" so they won't cause another baby to be murdered. I've read where many women have had many abortions. Wouldn't it benefit them financially if they got 'fixed'; or are they "being taken care of" by the 'guvmunt'... meaning we the tax payers footing their bill.