Monday, July 15, 2013

Children Are Disposable

She says she knew this decision would make others “uncomfortable”, laying the blame for any opposition to what she did at the feet of everyone else. In her mind it is clearly something wrong with those disagreeing with her decision, and not anything wrong with her actions. The way she talks about it displays a dissociative mental break from reality. She is disconnected, emotionless, un-empathetic, liken to a serial killer talking about his victims.

And if you listen carefully, blatant hypocrisy seeps out from her comments.  When describing her own "discomfort" at her friend having 7 embryos implanted while continuing to have miscarriages she questions, "Don't you think your body is trying to tell you something?".  So her friend's body having miscarriages is communicating something, but her body wasn't telling her anything when it had three living persons in it.  All that "mattered" was that she was "in control of her decision", but her friend should relinquish control and listen to her body.  All of this while she justifies silencing the voices of two lives in the womb.

For many in this country, children exist on a continuum. On one end, many treat their children like a commodity, living vicariously through them, dressing them up like little dolls (Toddlers and Tiaras), pushing for the best schools and best performance in sports and other activities. On the other end, they are an inconvenience, a disposable piece of waste that can be removed with the press of a button, or medicated and babysat by the TV. This woman, with unapologetic psychopathological speech describes how she saw her unborn children on both ends of the spectrum.

(HT: Denny Burk)