If X then Y (Pt 1)

Cross-posted from ProLifeNZ

I remember getting tricked a lot when I was young by my brother. I believed his outlandish stories over and over. Actually, I can laugh now because the stories are pretty funny. How did I get sucked in (don’t answer that)?

I would even change my behaviour based on thinking the stories were true. For example, I avoided looking at a tribal mask lest I got turned into a statue…d’oh.

Of course, if it WAS true that I would get turned into a statue, then I did the smart thing by not looking…hey, c’mon, I followed some logic.

It wasn’t my conclusion (in this case) that was at fault – it was the premise the conclusion flowed from. Or another way of putting it: If X (was true), then Y (followed) – the problem wasn’t with Y, it was with X (the tribal mask was not going to petrify me).

Some reasons people get an abortion are:

  • They wanted a boy, not a girl
  • They wanted a girl, not a boy
  • There will be significant financial hardship if the child is born
  • The foetus has significant disabilities which may be hard for multiple people to cope with
  • The foetus was conceived in an abhorrent way
  • They feel pressured

Now, I know there are some people who are uneasy about abortion (perhaps personally, but not publicly, opposed) who think some of these reasons are (unofficially) pretty solid for making the case for abortion needing to be legal.

And well, some people make good cases in questioning some common reasons given in favour of abortion (Saving Downs is just 1 example – challenging the belief that Downs Syndrome is good reason to abort).

My thoughts are not what people might ordinarily express – I actually think the reasons given for abortion being legal, assuming X is true (see below), don’t go far enough.

You see, if it’s true that either:

a) the foetus isn’t a human being, or

b) the foetus shouldn’t have the same protection of life as a newborn baby,

and let’s say a) & b) = X,

then it follows that:

abortion doesn’t need any reason (people are free to give a reason if they want to, but there is no real need). “I didn’t want it” says enough. No need to make a case.

I mean, people get surgery all the time to remove ‘things’. And no justification is needed to others. I can tell people about getting my wisdom teeth removed but, intuitively, I don’t feel any compulsion to add “It would have made chewing very painful if I hadn’t, you know,”.

So in effect I’m saying the Y is much stronger than some people make out it is – as strong as can be, in fact (what’s a stronger reason than something being justified for any reason at all?).

I could even find myself saying I agree with every reason under the sun given in favour of abortion…if X is true.

Every single blog favouring legal abortion, I 100% agree with…if X is true.

Any reason given for abortion makes sense…if X is true.

Is X true though? Now THAT is the real question.

And what follows if X is false (more in pt 2)?

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