Abortion supporters have found their new favorite talking point.
Lamentations of “forced birth” and “forced pregnancy” cropped up in much of the commentary from the Left after the arguments, including from Democratic politicians, pro-abortion feminists, media outlets, and other commentators.
Demanding that women not enact violence against their offspring is not remotely comparable to the state coercing them into pregnancy, and it’s dishonest to suggest that these are the same thing.
Once a woman is pregnant, the proper question is no longer whether she wishes to be pregnant, to give birth, or to be a parent. The question is whether her various desires are sufficient grounds for ending the life of the unique, distinct human being in her womb — her own child. As my colleague John McCormack aptly put it: “Once an unborn child exists, she will be born into the world one way or another: Alive or dead. Intact or in pieces.”
If laws against killing an unborn child amount to “forced birth,” then presumably laws against killing one’s three-year-old or 14-year-old amount to “forced parenthood.” Under this framework, laws against murder that prevent me from killing my husband mean that I’m in a “forced marriage.” There is no logical way to distinguish between these cases under the pro-abortion argument.
If a woman can choose abortion merely because she no longer wishes to be pregnant, because childbirth is painful, or because she does not want to be a parent — and can thereby describe any effort to stop her from doing so as “forcing her to give birth” or “forcing her to be a parent” — then there is no logical argument for preventing anyone from enacting violence against other human beings who cause them pain or inconvenience.
Under the “forced birth” framework, there is no logical argument against killing one’s child after birth if he or she is inconvenient or unwanted. There is no logical argument against killing one’s elderly father if he becomes burdensome. Indeed, there is no logical argument against killing one’s neighbor if he’s playing his music too loudly and refuses to turn it down.