In Vitro vs. Plan B

Drum describes something he thinks is a conundrum of some kind:

Life, Haley is suggesting, begins not at fertilization, for some reason, but only at conception — which means what? Implantation in the uterus? But if that’s the case, then the Plan B emergency contraceptive should be fine and dandy, shouldn’t it? But the anti-abortion crowd hates Plan B. And they’re OK with in vitro fertilization. Even by their standards, does this make any sense?

It’s actually pretty simple.

Demonizing women who are trying to get pregnant plays a whole lot differently than demonizing women who don’t want a baby. That’s all there is to this. It’s not about moral consistency. It’s about how it would play on the six o’clock, how it would read in a fundraising letter. It’s about the difficulty of punching up and the ease of kicking down.

Most of all, it’s about about making sure as few people as possible notice that the organized anti-abortion rights movement is full of total assholes who don’t know the first thing about women’s bodies and assume we’re all just as ignorant as they are.

Via Atrios.

A.

4 thoughts on “In Vitro vs. Plan B

  1. virgotex says:

    Demonizing women who are trying to get pregnant plays a whole lot differently than demonizing women who don’t want a baby.
    Unless those women are unmarried,poor, older than average, younger than average, lesbian, or a different color or religion from them. Then, all bets re kicking down, demonizing, etc are off.

  2. robertearle says:

    The whole thing is an attempt to have a simple answer to a complicated question: one sperm plus one egg equals one human.
    But the real world isn’t that simple.
    Sometimes one sperm plus one egg equals two humans, ie twins. Sometimes the process that creates two humans actually ‘reverses’ itself to result in only one human after all.
    And in rare (but which undoubtedly still exists) sometimes two sperm plus two eggs equals only one human! (Google ‘chimera’)

  3. pansypoo says:

    but only fetuses matter, children are on their own. baby galts. they also need jobs.

  4. OkieBlue says:

    If (decent) women are trying to get pregnant that is fine because they are fulfilling their only useful purpose in life.
    If some slut is having sex but doesn’t want to have a baby she is violating god’s purpose for her and she needs to be punished by having a baby she doesn’t want.
    It all seems very clear and consistent to me.

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