2.25.2006

Big Sister is Watching

From the organization that brings us "freedom of choice" and "a woman's body, a woman's choice", we now have a new call to arms: " Urge the FDA not to approve Mentor's silicone breast implants"!
I feel so lucky to have NOW watching out for me; apparently, these implants have a higher rupture rate than was disclosed to the FDA, so to protect women's health, we should call our senators and the FDA, and urge them not to approve them.
So let me get this straight. A woman (or underage girl) should be able to get an abortion any time she wants, with no waiting periods, presentation of other options, age limit, or disclosure of facts like "this is another human you're killing". After all, women of any age can be trusted to make the best decision regarding her pregnancy(which always equals getting the abortion in NOW's eyes). But, when it comes to breast implants, women can't be trusted to think about the risks, weigh the options, and make the best decision. So, we can't protect women from killing their children, but we have a duty to protect them from breast implants. Anyone else sensing a double standard here?
But then, when dealing with NOW, we have to expect this kind of politically-driven campaign. What's really going on here is that the entire idea of breast implants goes against their whole "Love Your Body" campaign, so they need to convince other women to hate them. To clarify my own position, I don't like the idea of cosmetic plastic surgery, like implants and liposuction. Especially when you hear about mothers taking their daughters to get surgery on their 18th birthday, or for their graduation, or crazy stuff like that. But I don't think it's the government's job, or my job, to wag my finger at women who get surgery and say "you really shouldn't be doing that". It's a personal choice that has no victim, and cause no real societal harm. So if you want implants, that's not my choice to make for you. Your body, your choice.
-The Quartermaster

5 Comments:

  • So wait, you think it's not the government's job to wag their finger at women who want boob jobs but it is very much their job to wag their finger at women who want abortions? Where do you draw the line in the sand? When is a woman's body hers and when is it not?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:15 PM  

  • A woman's body isn't her's when it isn't her body. For example, when she is destroying another human life. You can't reasonably argue that a fetus is not a separate entity; he/she has his/her own specific DNA (which comes from two different humans, so I'd argue that a baby belongs to the father as much as to the mother), his/her own heartbeat and organ functions. Yes, he/she does rely on his/her mother, but so do babies who have just been born, and so do toddlers, and so do young children, but I notice that most abortion advocates do not also accept the killing of small children for the sake of convenience. Essentially, the abortion argument hinges on the logical fallacy that a fetus is not a human because of the following factors: age, size, environment, and dependency. At what point would you argue a fetus actually becomes a person? There is no logical "break off" point, except conception. So, my line in the sand is that a woman's body is her's when you are actually only talking about her body.
    -The Quartermaster

    By Blogger The Triumvirate, at 2:58 PM  

  • Well put.
    I couldn't agree more.

    By Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy, at 11:17 PM  

  • Excellent point! You summed it up very well.

    By Blogger Nightcrawler, at 3:41 AM  

  • Exactly!

    By Blogger The Anti-Hippie, at 5:56 PM  

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