On what appears might be the last anniversary of Roe v. Wade it seems like a good occasion to ask...
If a fetus is a person, why do we wait until someone is born before we count them in the census or allow people to claim them as dependents on their tax returns?
Why do we measure their age from their birthday instead of their conception day?
Why do we not issue a death certificate or hold a funeral after a miscarriage?
Would it be OK for an art museum to charge a pregnant woman for two tickets?
Why do we generally wait until after someone is born to give them a name?
Should we start to make heroic efforts to save babies born with anencephaly? And if your answer is yes, should we dispense with the concept of "brain death" in adult humans?
Why is so much time and effort being spent trying to save unwanted fetuses, when thousands of fully fledged human children die every day from a lack of clean drinking water and basic medical care?
Why does there seem to be almost universal consensus that abortion ought to be legal to preserve the health of the mother, and in cases of rape or incest? After all, if a fetus really is a person whose moral standing is no different than a fully fledged baby, then abortion is murder then there is no moral difference between performing an abortion and committing infanticide. Surely infanticide should not be legal under any circumstances?
Why did it take the Catholic church almost 1800 years before it decided that a fetus was a person?
The answer to all these appearent dilemmas is so crystal clear it just makes me want to tear my hair out. What makes somone a person is not a full complement of human DNA, but a functioning brain. It is not always easy to draw the line of where brain function begins and ends, but that has never stopped us from doing do in many, many circumstances, without the moral histrionics associated with abortion.
Which brings me to the most puzzling question of all: why do so many women continue to vote Republican?