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Rights That Don't Exist and Rights That Do 
22nd-Jan-2011 11:10 am
elle4life: (starfish)
Today is the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions made in the Supreme Court in 1973, which together essentially legalized abortion on demand throughout an entire pregnancy. Thankfully, today, some progress has been made in reversing the effects of those decisions, but until the decisions themselves are reversed entirely and new legislation put into place that protects all human life from conception forwards, we will not be done.

It is the pro-life position that all human beings have a basic right to live, free of the murderous intentions of others, from the moment that their life begins onwards.

Now, those of you who are pro-life are going to be reading all this going, “We know all this, already. Get to the good bit!” But it’s important to bear in mind that the foundation of the pro-life movement is one of the respect for the rights of all human beings as you read the rest of this entry. And, conversely, that abortion is—by its very nature—the deliberate dehumanization of the smallest and most helpless members of the human family for the express purpose of taking their most basic right away from them. And that abortion supporters want, more than anything else, not to be made to feel they are wrong for trampling on the rights of these people. Because I found a webpage the other day that has made me amused and infuriated by turns ever since I saw it.

The Abortion Provider’s Declaration of Rights

Yup. The people who are directly responsible for quashing the right to live of 53,000,000 human beings in the United States are going to tell us all that they have rights too and we should respect them.

The irony. She is almost painful.

So, let’s see what the oppressors have to say about human rights, shall we?

We hold these truths to be self-evident…

Well, that didn’t take long.

Quoting from the American Declaration of Independence. Classy. Also, in this case, a demonstration of astonishing ignorance, given that we all know what comes after that line as it’s meant to go. Say it with me, Americans!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

So, here we have a group of people using a quote from the Declaration declaring that the Right to Life is an unalienable right, to declare that they have the right to take away that right. Even though it’s unalienable.

Oh. Oh dear…

Despite the equal intrinsic value of all medical professionals and all patients, the governments of many states and of this entire nation have passed laws and enacted policies that interfere with abortion providers’ ability to care for their patients, laws and policies that have no parallel in any other area of medicine. Moreover, some medical institutions have resisted the incorporation of abortion into their training and services. And some citizens of this country have turned their personal opposition to abortion into a vendetta against the medical professionals who offer this service and the patients who receive it, occasionally choosing arson, murder, and other illegal acts to show disapproval. All of these pressures, and others not enumerated here, inflict unjust punishment on abortion providers. And when providers can’t help patients, women and families suffer.

This is really sneaky here, or tries to be, anyway. “Despite the intrinsic value of all medical professionals and all patients...passed laws and enacted policies…interfere with abortion providers’ ability to care for their patients…” See that? There’s a shift from the first clause to the second from the value of abortionists as people to the value of what they are doing. In a sense, the underlying declaration there is, “Because our humanity is valid, all our decisions and actions are also valid.”

Yeah, not so much. Otherwise we owe Charles Manson an apology and a big box of chocolates.

Now as to violence against abortionists, I will say two things. One, it’s absolutely inexcusable and inconsistent with a pro-life ethic. Two, it’s very rare, despite what the abortionists would have us believe.

Neither of which points address the central question of “Is abortion a moral action or not?” but they are worth making.

We therefore declare the rights of the abortion provider.

Here it comes…

Abortion providers, their families, and their co-workers have the right to exist free of violence, harassment, and discrimination. Performing a legal, safe medical procedure should not turn a medical professional into a target.

Love the whitewashing here. “We’re not killing human beings, we’re just performing a legal procedure!”

But while everyone has the right to exist free of violence, no one has the right to exist free of opposition, which the abortionists have termed here “harassment and discrimination,” oh-so-cleverly painting themselves as innocent little victims (and the irony just gets heavier and heavier). Yeah, people hate abortion. People are aiming to make it illegal. That includes protests and social pressure. Welcome to Democracy, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Abortion providers have the right to give patients complete, medically accurate information about the abortion procedure. They should not be required by law to misinform their patients—for example, by stating (falsely) that abortions cause breast cancer or endanger future fertility—or present a particular moral interpretation of the abortion procedure.

Abortion providers have the right to perform an abortion after explaining the procedure and obtaining the patient’s consent. There is no medical reason for the woman to wait 24 hours, 48 hours, or any other length of time between consent and the abortion procedure as dictated by some state laws.

No. No, you don’t. Here we have abortion apologists demonstrating a fundamental inability to understand what is meant by the word “right.” In fact, there’s a lot of this going around in general. I could link to an instance of somebody saying that “Fire protection should be a basic right of everyone!” when the truth is, that’s not a basic right of anyone, either.

There are two kinds of rights. Natural Rights, also called Basic Rights or Human Rights, and Legal Rights, or what I call Positive Rights since they are granted to you on top of your Natural Rights as a “plus.” Natural Rights are rights people have simply because they are people. We have them as soon as we start existing, as part of a “Welcome to Humanity. Here’s your starter kit!” kind of thing. Positive Rights are rights a government grants to its citizens. The government defines what these rights are and where they stop.

Since the right to perform abortions in a certain way or other can not be derived as a Natural Right, it must be a Positive one. Therefore, in the two above paragraphs from this “Declaration of Rights,” we see the abortionists declaring that their Positive Rights have been violated by the entity that defines what those rights are in the first place!


Abortion providers have the right to choose the tools and techniques that are best for a particular abortion procedure and the patient’s needs. The law should not dictate courses of treatment that are not supported by medical evidence. Nor should the law require the abortion provider to add medically unnecessary steps to the abortion procedure, processes that cause delays and increase the risks for the patient.

Again, no. No, you don’t.

As I mentioned in my previous posts on Kermit Gosnell, regulation of abortion mills as surgical centers—given that this is what they are--does not constitute unreasonableness. Nor is it “medically unnecessary.” No medical specialty is permitted to choose whatever tools or techniques they want without revision and restriction by law, and the fact that abortionists think they have a right to do exactly that really goes a long way to showing their entitlement attitude. Not only is this arrogant, it’s dangerous. It’s already gotten several women killed.

Abortion providers have the right to give patients the treatment they need, unencumbered by abortion-only restrictions and bans in public and private insurance coverage. Likewise, insurers should stop charging providers higher rates for malpractice coverage; abortion providers deserve rates commensurate with the fees paid by providers of other comparable, safe, legal medical procedures.

No. You can not dictate to a business how much or little money a certain service costs, including insurance. Welcome to Capitalism, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Abortion providers have the right to continue their training and conduct research in abortion techniques. Medical students and residents in relevant specialties have the right to learn about abortion in order to decide whether to become abortion providers.

Until we make abortion illegal (which will probably be within my lifetime, thankfully), this is actually true. What you don’t have the right to do is to force any medical school to include abortion in their curriculum.

So, out of all the rights listed in this…document, the only ones that are actually reasonable or defensible are the right to be free of violence, and the right to education on abortion procedures provided you can find someone willing to teach them to you.

Well, we already knew that! Good grief!
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