Battlepanda: In which Jane Galt reveals herself to be completely detached from reality


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

In which Jane Galt reveals herself to be completely detached from reality

What happens if viability goes back to at or near the point where a woman is likely to detect the pregnancy? I know that this may not happen, since right now we can't save a baby whose lungs have not sufficiently formed, but I think it's possible that in the future we'll develop some sort of artificial womb-like thing for even earlier preemies than those we now save.

This poses a real problem for women, doesn't it? Because I don't think that many of us would endorse widespread abortion for viable fetuses, which is what common first trimester abortions would then amount to. And yet, whatever the rhetoric the pro-choice side uses about women controlling their bodies, the main reason that most women seek abortions is not that they don't want to be pregnant; it's that they don't want a baby. If nine months of abdominal swelling, acid reflux, and hemorrhoids were an occasional side effect of sex, most of the people I know would probably just endure it rather than have a doctor vacuum out their abdomen with a painful and bloody surgery.

Yeah...pregnancy is just a walk in the park compared to the horror of an abortion. Gah! What is Jane Galt smoking? Is she seriously comparing an outpatient procedure with a 9-month process culminating in either major surgery that cuts through your abdomen (your abdominal muscles are never the same again) or labor, an experience so traumatic that sixty-two percent of women who experienced prolonged labor as well as forty-seven percent of women who experienced normal deliveries agreed with the statement that "it was so painful I thought I was going to die"?

If anything, I find her main point to be even more suspect. Pushing back viability dates in theory means nothing unless women contemplating abortion could really have the choice of putting the foetus in an artificial womb instead at no cost to herself and at no developmental disadvantage to the foetus. I suspect that by the time we reach the stage where first trimester foetuses could be safely brought to term in an artificial womb, the whole abortion issue would be moot because the whole pregnancy issue would be moot -- nobody would want to go through such a process if it could be taken care of completely in vitro.