Thursday, April 21, 2005
For What Crime
"The Overthrowing," recited by Muhammad ibn Abd Allah, The Recitation, circa AD 620, http://www.universalunity.net/quran4/081.qmt.html.
"US accused of trying to block abortion pills," by Sarah Boseley, The Guardian, 21 April 2005, http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1464644,00.html (from Democratic Underground).
Infanticide -- baby killing -- is not new, and it is not going away easily.
When the sun is overthrown
And when the stars fall
And when the hills are moved
And when the camels big with young are abandoned
And when the wild beasts are hearded together
And when the seas rise
And when souls are reuinted
And when the girl-child that was buried alive is asked
for what she was slain
And when the pages are laid open
And when the sky is torn away
And when hell is lighted
And when the Garden is brought night
Every soul will know what it hath made ready
Oh, but I call to witness the planets
The stars which rise and set
And the close of night
And the breath of morning
That this is in truth the word of an honored messenger
Mighty, established in the presense of the Lord of the Throne
To be obeyed, and trusworthy.
Babies, both born and unborn, are being killed regularly in the world. We need to figh this. Anti-infanticide laws are one part of the fix. Another part is birth control, both before and after conception.
This makes America's latest neo-Puritanism even more enraging.
The US government is trying to block the World Health Organisation from endorsing two abortion pills which could save the lives of some of the 68,000 women who die from unsafe practices in poor countries every year.
The WHO wants to put the pills on its essential medicines list, which constitutes official advice to all governments on the basic drugs their doctors should have available.
Last month, an expert committee met to consider a number of new drugs for inclusion on the list. They approved for the first time two pills, to be used in combination for the termination of early pregnancy, called mifepristone and misoprostol. In poor countries where abortion is legal, doctors currently have no alternative to surgery.
I must ask-
What makes the lives of 68,000 poor women (who still largely CHOSE to have unprotected sex) more valuable than the millions of innocent lives that will be killed through abortion and abortifacent drugs if they ARE given out to these women. The 68,000 will not be the only ones to take those drugs, and many others will die with no just cause.
Another big point for this is that there always IS another option besides surgery- it's called nine months of waiting, and giving the baby up for adoption. It's not fair to make an innocent life pay for someone's convenience. If a woman can't afford to take care of a baby, or isn't willing to give that baby up for adoption, she should not make the choice to have the sex in the first place, that puts her in the position of being able to become pregnant at all.
Posted by: Dani | Wednesday, December 13, 2006