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The Pro-Choice Movement is Anti-Intellectual – Part 2

No uterus, no opinionI ended my previous post by saying that the pro-choice position promotes anti-intellectualism and implying that the pro-life position does not. I will now be explaining why.

The pro-choice leadership has long recognized that the fetus is alive, reconciling this knowledge with their support of abortion using Singer-esque ethics. However, the knowledge that the fetus is a human life is too much for the average person to know and still support abortion. That is why Planned Parenthood has taken great pains to have the idea that the fetus is a non-living clump of cells firmly entrenched in the mind of the public. To this day, one of the most common objections to pro-life arguments is that the fetus is not alive.

This alone does not make the movement anti-intellectual. There is a difference between being misinformed and being illogical or irrational, which is true anti-intellectualism. However, because the pro-choice community sees portraying the fetus as a non-living being as their hill to die on, their misinformation leads them into anti-intellectualism. They feel forced to defend bad science in order to maintain their pro-choice stance. This very often leads to horrendously illogical arguments and cognitive dissonance.

The brain doesn't develop 'til it's out of the womb
Take, for example, the young lady who told me that the fetus is not alive until it is eight weeks old because that is when it “develops a gender.” We can perhaps pardon this woman for not knowing that gender is determined by the X and Y chromosomes at conception and not by the presence of genitalia. After all, science is not the strong suit of most people. But the lack of basic reasoning skills she displayed is inexcusable for someone who takes a stand on an issue as important as abortion. Are asexual organisms such as earthworms and jellyfish not alive? Is a neutered horse not alive? Even without knowledge of the function of the X and Y chromosomes, she should have been able to ask herself such questions and realize that gender (and much less the presence of genitalia) is not a prerequisite for life.

The slogans of the movement are often just as irrational as their science. In part one of this post I talked about the “no uterus, no opinion” mentality and how it shows that the pro-choice community places a greater value upon emotions than facts. When we follow it out to its logical conclusion, it also undermines their philosophical framework of radical feminism. If reproductive decisions are entirely the domain of women, with men not allowed even so much as a voice, then it follows that all the responsibilities of reproduction belong solely to women. Reproduction becomes a “woman’s job” and the blurring of gender roles that feminism tries to achieve is undone.

While there may be the occasional misinformed or unintelligent pro-life person, the pro-choice movement’s “logic” collapses in on itself in a way that the pro-life movement’s does not, with their own slogans and arguments being detrimental to their cause. This is due mainly to the fact that the pro-life movement is not owned by a massive corporation that force-feeds it information and misinformation. With the possible exception of the Catholic church, whose contributions are mostly theological rather than scientific or philosophical, there is no group or company that holds the pro-life movement in its grip the way that Planned Parenthood does the pro-choice community. Pro-life people are left to do their own research and, more importantly, have not been programmed by propaganda to use a false scientific basis for their arguments.

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The Pro-Choice Movement is Anti-Intellectual – Part 1

Pro-choice feelings-driven propaganda

The pro-life community has long been stereotyped as a group of unintelligent bigots, generally of the Christian fundamentalist variety. But if we clear away the propaganda (or examine it) it becomes clear that the pro-choice movement can be profoundly anti-intellectual itself.

The pro-abortion group NARAL recently released a website and video (or as they prefer to call it, an “experience”) that serves as a good example. The video, which is a stop-motion compilation of thousands of photographs, was created to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  No argument is made. No evidence is presented. The video is simply an expensive piece of eye-candy designed to affirm people in their support of abortion using fluffy statements like, “It’s really important for me to be able to determine my own future.”

The slideshow that accompanies the video contains more of the same. Next to pictures of professional models sit snippets of text in beautiful typography, one of which is “Choice is the utmost act of selflessness and compassion for humanity.” The movement that spawned the slogans “My body, my choice!” and “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!” (Emphasis mine. But not really.) is now being cast as selfless? It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. The simple reason for this is that pro-choice community needs to feel good. For many pro-choice people, their support of abortion is entirely about feelings.

The “No uterus, no opinion” slogan repeated ad nauseam on blogs and campuses is a classic example of the sheer emotionalism that fuels the pro-choice agenda at the expense of rational thought. It is revealing that they are willing to discount the opinion and arguments of an entire people group because of their gender, but even more so that their reason for doing so is that the group they are discriminating against can “never know what it is like to be pregnant.” This is nothing short of an admission that it is feelings and not facts that determine their stance on abortion.

The ultimate expression of this sentiments-over-science mentality may be unearthed when one asks a pro-choice person at what point the unborn child becomes alive. Shockingly, there are those who claim that the child is not alive until it is fully born. The belief that there is essentially some sort of a magic wand that passes over the unborn child and transforms it from a fetus into a baby as soon as the umbilical cord is cut is sheer nonsense. Even more surprising are those who claim that the unborn child is a baby if the mother wants it and a fetus if she does not. It is yet another example of feelings being more important than facts to the movement.

A pro-choicer claiming that a child is alive only after being born.

I would like to conclude this article by saying that I do not label every person within the pro-choice camp as anti-intellectual. There are those, such as the perceptive feminist Naomi Wolf, whose intellectual prowess I have great respect for. I am speaking of the rank and file of the movement, the average pro-choice person on the street. Yes, I will admit that there are those within the pro-life camp who could be labelled as anti-intellectual as well, but every movement has supporters who do not represent it well. There is, therefore, a question that needs to be asked: Does the movement itself foster anti-intellectualism? I believe that in regard to the abortion rights movement the answer is “yes.”

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