Tags: abortion, ayn rand, Children, family, objectivism, parenting, Pregnancy
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – June 23, 2013
Ayn Rand bore no children. If she had, and if they had grown to an appropriate age, she presumably would have sat them down for “the talk.” On such an occasion, she might have explained the birds and the bees like this:
Sex is a physical capacity, but its exercise is determined by man’s mind—by his choice of values, held consciously or subconsciously. To a rational man, sex is an expression of self-esteem—a celebration of himself and of existence. To the man who lacks self-esteem, sex is an attempt to fake it, to acquire its momentary illusion.
Romantic love, in the full sense of the term, is an emotion possible only to the man (or woman) of unbreached self-esteem: it is his response to his own highest values in the person of another—an integrated response of mind and body, of love and sexual desire. Such a man (or woman) is incapable of experiencing a sexual desire divorced from spiritual values.
Upon taking in the lecture, Rand’s offspring might be left with profound insight into romantic love, but wouldn’t necessarily know where babies come from. Take what you will from Rand’s unique views on sex, she appears to have divorced the act from its reproductive function.
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – March 12, 2012
Parents should be able to kill their newborn children. So have concluded a group of academics with ties to Oxford University. In a recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the authors concluded that there is no difference between abortion and killing a newborn. They called the latter “after birth abortion.” The Telegraphs’ Stephen Adams reports:
They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”
Rather than being “actual persons”, newborns were “potential persons”. They explained: “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’.
Tags: abortion, Barack Obama, Budget Deal, David Corn, entitlement, Harry Reid, Janice Crouse, Jennifer Rubin, John Boehner, KCRW, NewsReal Blog, NPR, Planned Parenthood, Sarah Posner, Subsidy, taxes, To the Point, Warren Olney
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
Who says public radio is boring? We spiced it up Monday by injecting the radical concept of blind justice into a debate over the federal budget deal.
Called upon to bring the Tea Party perspective to a roundtable discussion on NPR affiliate KCRW’s To the Point, I joined host Warren Olney, Mother Jones’ David Corn, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin and others. The panel was asked to consider who came out of the budget deal a winner.
The exchange began with politics-as-usual. Rubin and Corn agreed that House Speaker John Boehner had emerged as the political victor, though they parted on whether that was a good thing. I brought a different take.
Tags: abortion, Bill Maher, Collectivism, Communism, Death, HBO, individualism, Life, NewsReal Blog, pro-choice, pro-life, Real Time
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
In a period when we face a fiscal emergency and the threat of Islamist death worshipers, social issues have taken a sideline in our political discourse. To an extent, that makes sense. Our ability to deal with social issues depends first and foremost on our continued existence. Whether homosexuals can obtain a marriage license is a lesser concern than whether we can feed ourselves or keep our throats from being slit.
Even so, social issues remain a prism through which we can discern the priorities of those who would lead us. On Friday, Bill Maher offered a troubling glimpse through that prism on HBO’s Real Time.
New Rule: If you can force a woman to look at a sonogram to see what will happen if she has an abortion, you also have to let her see a crying baby, a bratty five-year-old, and a surly teenager to see what will happen if she doesn’t. And you have to tell her it costs $204,000 to raise it until it turns 18 in 2028, where it will be a slave to the Chinese in a radioactive world with no animals, fish, or plants.
Tags: abortion, eugenics, Hollywood, Human Rights, MTV, NewsReal Blog, No Easy Decision, Right to Life, The Concession Stand, Unborn
by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Late Tuesday night, MTV provided viewers with a candid look into the decision of a teenage mother to terminate the life of her unborn child.
No Easy Decision, MTV’s special spun off from 16 and Pregnant, followed Markai Durham as she came to the agonizing conclusion to have an abortion. With a frankness rarely seen anywhere on television, No Easy Decision presented a vivid, unsparing look at something that’s not just an “issue,” but a harrowing decision.
With that description, Entertainment Weekly perpetuates the view of abortion as a conscientious if tragic act which can be justified by circumstance.
It is enlightening to consider how we might regard a variation of Markai’s scenario. For instance, would we regard Markai’s deliberation as “a harrowing decision” if she considered killing a newborn? Of course we wouldn’t. Why? Because it is generally accepted that a newborn baby is a human being with an inherent right to life. Acknowledging this brings us to the only question of any real import in the abortion debate. Are the unborn human? Accounts of Durham’s struggle, as portrayed on MTV, highlight that question and why all of us have a vested interest in the answer.
Tags: abortion, constitution, federalism, Jason Lewis, NewsReal Blog, Power Divided Is Power Checked, states rights, tea party
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
The Tea Party may have found its textbook. In Power Divided Is Power Checked, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Jason Lewis takes readers on a tour of American jurisprudence, from the founding of the colonies through the Civil War, the Warren Court, and our modern day. He crafts a meticulous case for state’s rights.
Walter E. Williams vouches:
Jason Lewis has done a yeoman’s job in explaining the constitutional principles that made us the world’s freest and richest nation and how abandonment of those principles is proving to be our undoing.
Tags: abortion, pro-choice, pro-life
by Walter Scott Hudson
NewsRealBlog recently hosted a series of articles revisiting the well-tread abortion debate. Given the fact all participants were credentialed conservatives, the nature of argument was quite unique. The question was not so much whether abortion is wrong, but how much it actually matters in the real world. Surely, in the current political environment, social issues have taken a back-burner to what may seem more fundamental concerns – growth of government, fiscal disaster, and loss of liberty.
However, the root philosophical point underlying those concerns is the same underlying abortion. Of what value is an individual human being? How ought we compare the value of one to another? Abortion is an issue which draws out heartfelt answers to these questions.
The good news is that most people seem to answer those questions correctly. An individual human being is invaluable. Each human being ought to be considered equal. This consensus between pro-life and pro-choice leads inevitably to a final attempt at rationalization. The unborn are not human. If possessed of the slightest decency, this is the only argument the abortionist has.