So Anti-Abortionists Are Pacifists?

Anti-abortionists make no sense to me. I don’t mean that as a synonym for ‘I really, really disagree with them’ (and I do), but that they’re incredibly inconsistent. Take for instance, Republican presidential candidate and scam artist Mike Huckabee (boldface mine):

Mike Huckabee also commented on the attack Sunday. On CNN’s State of the Union, Huckabee called the shooting “mass murder” and “absolutely unfathomable.” But, like Fiorina, he also brought up claims that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts.

“I think that’s a little bit disingenuous on the part of Planned Parenthood to blame people, who have a strong philosophical disagreement with the dismembering of human babies and with the selling of body parts, to say that we would like to retaliate by sending some mad man into a clinic to kill people,” he said.

While I’m not a pacifist, I’ll admit I’m very wary of calls to war, if for no other reason than they really haven’t worked out very well over the last few decades. But if over one million babies–not fetuses, but actual babies–were being dismembered every year in the U.S., I would call for violent action. But instead, despite the rhetoric, these same anti-abortionists state that attacking medical facilities where abortions occur–which, using their rhetoric are akin to slaughterhouses of defenseless children–is “mass murder”.

Admittedly, there are some pacifists who also oppose abortion. While I think they’re tragically misguided on the abortion issue, they are, at least, consistent, as they do not believe that violence should be opposed with more violence in any situation.

But jackasses like Huckabee and Fiorina are warmongers of the first order: they’ve called for more, albeit unspecified, military action in Syria and Iraq. Yet the Daesh-bags of ISIL would love to kill one million U.S. children (again, using Huckabee et alia’s description of abortion). Surely, the abortionists are a clear and present danger to America’s (unborn) children?

The reason Fiorina can work herself into such high dudgeon over Planned Parenthood’s accusations (correct ones) that her inflammatory rhetoric contributed to the violence is that she hasn’t resolved the fundamental contradiction between her beliefs that abortion is mass murder, but and that people shouldn’t take violent action to stop said mass murder.

To be blunt, I don’t really believe the murder rhetoric. I don’t think they believe it either. If abortion were truly murder, then they have done very little to stop the murder of millions of children, the most defenseless children. It’s one thing as a matter of rhetoric to exaggerate by degree, it’s another to flat out lie. I have no idea if this philosophical and ethical incongruence is stupid or evil (probably both), but someone needs to call these jokers on this.

Because no mentally unstable feminist angered by a lack of intersectionality and patriarchal hegemony has ever shot up a ‘crisis pregnancy center.’ Odd, that.

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5 Responses to So Anti-Abortionists Are Pacifists?

  1. Peter says:

    I once asked a former evangelical why they only cared about aborted “dead babies” and not ACTUAL dead babies. Turns out, it’s because aborted “dead babies” go straight to hell b/c of original sin. Since actual babies get baptized (or are heathens), fuck ’em, it’s god’s problem. So this particular one isn’t hypocrisy, it’s just stupidity.

  2. jo(e) says:


  3. Dave Dell says:

    mikethemadbiologist…. Are you also the rude pundit?

  4. anthrosciguy says:

    There’s the classic ocassionally act of asking “abortion is murder” believers what punishment they propose for women who get abortions. They typically haven’t even thought of the concept; sometimes they just believe there should be any punishment. Yet, according to them these women are committing premeditated first degree murder.

  5. anthrosciguy says:

    Should’ve had “shouldn’t” in that second to last sentence.

    And of course for anyone to say that anti-abortion people are pacifists requires ignoring the fact of repeated attacks for decades now.

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