Traveling back in time to A.D. 1818, we land our H.G. Wellsian craft somewhere in Old Dixie. Listen…
SLAVE HOLDER: Listen, Mr. Abolitionist! Who are you to tell me what to do with my own plantation! Slavery is legal and it is my CHOICE to have slaves! Besides, if all the slaves suddenly were set free, you would be dooming us cotton planters to financial ruin, thus creating social and economic chaos.
NON-SLAVE HOLDER: Mr. Abolitionist, although I personally would never own a slave, I must agree with our slave holding neighbor here in his stately pillared mansion overlooking a row of crude little shacks. It is his choice, who am I to judge? And his observation about the consequences of emancipation makes sense.
ABOLITIONIST: The slaves are not anyone’s “CHOICE,” they are humans beings whom you are treating like CHATTEL. Like us, they have the God given right to liberty. Yes, a socioeconomic challenge might ensue when we do overcome some day; if so it is worth it. Until then, our underground railroad will continue to save at least some of these oppressed people who have no voice in our society, and get them to freedom.
Wow, let’s get out of this backward place! Back to the future. Listen…
ABORTIONIST: Listen, Mr. Abolitionist! Who are you to tell a woman what to do with her own body! Before our society was enlightened to see its glory, abortion was considered a despicable and abhorrent crime. Thankfully, the opinion rendered by seven lawyers in black robes back in ’73* changed that. Now a woman or teenage girl can make a CHOICE to terminate her pregnancy for any reason – even without any parental consent in the latter case!
Besides, if abortion suddenly was made illegal again, many women and girls would be doomed to public shame and financial ruin. No, we cannot deny a woman the right to get rid of that senseless lump of flesh with brainwaves and a heart beat and which is capable of feeling pain.
PRO-CHOICER: Mr. Abolitionist, although I personally would not have an abortion, I must agree with our neighbor here who works in the baby organs for sale division at our local abortuary. It is a woman’s choice, who am I to judge? And her observation about the consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade makes sense.
ABOLITIONIST: Unborn babies are not anyone’s “CHOICE,” they are CHILDREN. Like us adults, they have the basic God given right to life. And just as you are callously and cruelly willing to murder the unborn, you callously and cruelly ignore the rights of the fathers of those babies and in many cases the glad expectations of their would-be grandparents and other relatives. Yes, socioeconomic challenges might arise when we do overcome some day, but it is worth it. Until then, our crisis pregnancy centers will continue to rescue at least some of these doomed children who have no voice in our society, and place them in loving homes.
* “I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant women and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes…” — excerpted from opinion of Byron White, senior dissenting Supreme Court justice