The most recent brouhaha is on Trump allegedly hinting that if abortion is murder, if it’s a crime, well then we gotta punish abortionists. Criminals are punished, right? I think I’ve never written on abortion on this blog, so let me put my two cents.
It’s hard to tell whether Trump is trolling or he actually means what he’s saying. I mean, the point should be obvious. Criminals are punished. If abortion is to become a crime, we should punish abortionists. If abortion is murder, we should condemn abortionists of murder.
Alas, nobody really wants that. Because people don’t really think abortion is murder. People say abortion is murder. People talk of abortion being murder as part of their signaling game. In modern America, and really America only, there’s a signaling game where two sides, pro-life and pro-choice, battle each other in the political arena about the morality of abortion. Everybody in America is supposed to pick sides and join the fight. The whole thing is wrong, very, very wrong. Completely messed up. Human is a political animal. Politics is about signaling. Humans will choose random topics and form teams to battle each other. That’s what humans do. But abortion is the last topic you should choose to have a signaling battle. Especially if you are in the weaker side. Now that Moldbug is back in the news cycle, I’ll use his authority to remind you all: the right can’t win by agitation. You just don’t.
Apparently the whole abortion debate started from the right, with Christian groups mobilizing against the legalization of abortion during the 1960s. So this is the rare rightist movement fighting against yet another move to the left. Well, let me remind you: the right is weak. The right is always weak. The right can’t win. Cthulhu always swims to the left. Picking a fight on abortion only caused the left to get serious on it, and escalate, coming up with the Pro-Choice movement in order to fight the right, and as it always happens in political movements, it has steamrolled the opposition, and spiraled into a huge international movement causing havoc everywhere.
Is abortion evil? When I read about how the Roman nobility became a bunch of decadent hedonists, that noble women in Rome engaged in abortion and infanticide in order to keep on having affairs all the time, I think it’s messed up. That people would rather kill a fetus, let alone a child, in order to keep on having casual sex is indeed rather evil. Sex shouldn’t be about fun. Less even about harnessing one’s attractiveness in order to gain status by sleeping around. Sex is about procreation. Children in civilized societies require parents which stick together; stable marriages require spousal loyalty. It’s very simple. Should women abort in order to save money (to spend in some frivolous crap), or in order to engage in casual sex without fear of consequences? Hell no. That’s messed up. The sort of woman who would rather undergo surgery to kill a fetus in order to ride the cock carousel should be tarred, feathered and shamed for years.
That’s one thing. But is abortion evil per se? Say you have a normal, decent family. They have a daughter, who’s 17 years old. She becomes attracted to some jock in the football team. Good looking alpha, dumb as a brick, a sociopathic asshole but all the girls like him. They sleep together and the girl gets pregnant. What should she do? In an ideal world the father would grab a shotgun, force the guy to marry, and they shall be happy ever after.
But this is not that world. The alpha jock is going to run as fast as he can. He won’t be there for the child. Even if, like often happens in Japan, you could get the guy to marry the girl, odds are they’ll divorce down the road, leaving a fatherless kid and an unhappy family. The right thing to do as a father, given the world we live on, is to grab the jock, punch him in the jaw, knock a bunch of teeth, and rush your daughter into the abortion clinic and do away with the fetus. As soon as you can; first trimester. Discipline your daughter as you see fit, and try to get her to forget the whole thing. Hopefully she’ll grow up, get some sense, and eventually marry some suitable man at a more suitable age. Say, 25. Then she can have babies.
I have a daughter. Many of you have daughters. Odds are she won’t be the sort of dumb bitch to get pregnant by some teenage alpha. But boys will be boys; and girls will be girls. Plenty of girls from good families end up fucking black drug dealers and getting pregnant. I don’t like abortions; I don’t like feminism. But you’re trying to tell me that a girl shouldn’t abort in that situation? Give me a fucking break.
The overwhelming majority of abortions being performed today are done to correct this sort of mistakes. And that is a good thing. You want to make a point of denying abortion because of “the sanctity of human life”. Fuck that, and fuck you. You wanna oppose the left; good for you. But choose something else. Roosh and his fellow “masculine” activists posted a video on how abortions are actually done. Gruesome stuff. Bloody baby parts all over the place. The whole procedure is pure evil. Should I show this to my daughter? Hell no. I’d rather keep the option to abort a stupidly conceived child, instead of imprinting her the picture of a baby torn apart.
And do you really wanna oppose the left here? You can’t win. Women are adamant in favor of abortion; and not because they are all rabid leftists. They instinctually understand that girls do stupid things, and abortion can help them fix it. If you forbid abortion tomorrow, girls won’t magically stop fucking the dumb jock or the black drug dealer. Of course women are for abortion. They don’t like killing babies. It’s gruesome stuff. Women like babies. Much more than men do. But women rather like having the chance to correct a stupid mistake they did because of a gina tingle they couldn’t control. Men in those situations are very much in favor of abortion too.
Making a political movement opposing such a thing which women instinctually favor only makes them entrench themselves and move farther to the left. Again, nobody likes abortion. But if you force leftist women to justify abortion, they will. The left has the upper hand in any PR battle, and see how they came cracking down with all their might with their “Pro-Choice” answer. The whole pro-choice rhetoric is evil, but what do you expect? Pro-Life doesn’t provide any nuance, why should the left provide any? By opposing the left in something they can’t possibly concede, you make them take the offensive. And when the left comes up with something, it always by definition spirals out of control. So we got pro-choice feminists arguing how Abortion, i.e. killing babies is awesome and inspiring.
No, abortion is gruesome, nasty business. It’s bad for you, it’s bad for everyone, but sometimes it’s necessary. A sane society recognized that, and chooses to taboo the topic and not talk about it, the same way you don’t talk about nasty and gruesome things in general. Abortion in Japan is illegal, but tolerated, practiced by young single women, prostitutes, or women having affairs. There is no political movement in favor, or against. Nobody talks about them, it’s a shameful act, which produces nothing but scorn when revealed, so people choose not to. For good reason. The local literature is full of women traumatized by the act, then leaving society in shame. That’s the sane way of depicting it. In Europe it used to be like that until American leftist filth was exported, now it’s a political point for leftists to use to humiliate the little conservatism left.
I’d rather people didn’t have to do this. I’d rather abortion didn’t exist. I’d rather we were all like the Mormons living in sane, decent communities, and nobody’s daughter got pregnant by dumb irresponsible jocks. But that’s not the world we live in. Men do stupid things for sex all the time; women also do stupid things, and get pregnant by evil men. If you wanna do politics, if you wanna oppose the government (which you probably shouldn’t), choose your battles wisely. Opposing abortion is just the wrong way to do it. Choose something else; there’s plenty of stuff.
EDIT: Abortion policy in Israel, as expected, is quite reasonable:
Abortion in Israel is legal under certain circumstances, with the approval of a committee for pregnancy termination. Approval for an abortion in Israel by a termination committee is given if the woman is unmarried, because of age (if the woman is under the age of 18 – the legal marriage age in Israel – or over the age 40), the pregnancy was conceived under illegal circumstances (rape, statutory rape, etc.) or an incestuous relationship, birth defects, risk of health to the mother, and life of the mother