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A Comment on Population Control and Abortion

July 21, 2010

Note: A blog commenter prompted me to give my brief comment on Reproductive Health bill and to clarify my position on abortion. This is what I said:

 

Someone has to speak against the RH bill considering the fact that most of the country’s intellectuals are in favor of population

A woman has the right to abortion...

A woman has the right to abortion...

control. I am against this anti-population bill for the very reason that I’m an advocate of individual rights. This legislative proposal is anti-Man; it contravenes reality. The kind of mongrel economics that the bill’s proponents have been presenting to the public is just the approximate of the truth and the lies that are being peddled to justify the enactment of population control measures in the Philippines. Their ‘economic’ justification for the enactment of this bill is anti-economics and anti-economic reality at best.

This is the reason why I published a series of online blogs about the controversial RH bill. I observed that the most passionate advocates of population control in RP are the Filipino Freethinkers (Free-Farters), the liberals, the socialists, and the communists in Congress.

However, this doesn’t mean that I’m not in favor of abortion. I am an atheist for the very reason that I don’t want to destroy reason. Most atheists in this country, the free-FARTERS in particular, are the most ardent supporters of this anti-population bill. But this doesn’t mean that all women in this country must undergo abortion. I believe that every human being is responsible for his/her own body. Any woman who has no capacity- physically, financially, emotionally, intellectually or psychologically- to deliver and/or raise a child has the right to demand abortion. An embryo is not a person. This means that any society has no right to deprive any woman of her right to undergo abortion. To deprive any woman of such a right is to condemn her to carry an un-chosen obligation all throughout her life. I believe that abortion is a moral right, which should only be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved. An embryo has no rights simply because rights do not pertain to a potential, but only to an actual being (the woman). An embryo cannot obtain any rights until it is born. The living (the woman) take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).

In regard to the issue of abortion, let me quote Ayn Rand:

Never mind the vicious nonsense of claiming that an embryo has a “right to life.” A piece of protoplasm has no rights—and no life in the human sense of the term. One may argue about the later stages of a pregnancy, but the essential issue concerns only the first three months. To equate a potential with an actual, is vicious; to advocate the sacrifice of the latter to the former, is unspeakable. . . . Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, i.e., the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living: the right of young people to set the course of their own lives. The task of raising a child is a tremendous, lifelong responsibility, which no one should undertake unwittingly or unwillingly. Procreation is not a duty: human beings are not stock-farm animals. For conscientious persons, an unwanted pregnancy is a disaster; to oppose its termination is to advocate sacrifice, not for the sake of anyone’s benefit, but for the sake of misery qua misery, for the sake of forbidding happiness and fulfillment to living human beings.

Ayn Rand also stated the following in her article The Age of Mediocrity:

If any among you are confused or taken in by the argument that the cells of an embryo are living human cells, remember that so are all the cells of your body, including the cells of your skin, your tonsils, or your ruptured appendix—and that cutting them is murder, according to the notions of that proposed law. Remember also that a potentiality is not the equivalent of an actuality—and that a human being’s life begins at birth.

The question of abortion involves much more than the termination of a pregnancy: it is a question of the entire life of the parents. As I have said before, parenthood is an enormous responsibility; it is an impossible responsibility for young people who are ambitious and struggling, but poor; particularly if they are intelligent and conscientious enough not to abandon their child on a doorstep nor to surrender it to adoption. For such young people, pregnancy is a death sentence: parenthood would force them to give up their future, and condemn them to a life of hopeless drudgery, of slavery to a child’s physical and financial needs. The situation of an unwed mother, abandoned by her lover, is even worse.

I cannot quite imagine the state of mind of a person who would wish to condemn a fellow human being to such a horror. I cannot project the degree of hatred required to make those women run around in crusades against abortion. Hatred is what they certainly project, not love for the embryos, which is a piece of nonsense no one could experience, but hatred, a virulent hatred for an unnamed object. Judging by the degree of those women’s intensity, I would say that it is an issue of self-esteem and that their fear is metaphysical. Their hatred is directed against human beings as such, against the mind, against reason, against ambition, against success, against love, against any value that brings happiness to human life. In compliance with the dishonesty that dominates today’s intellectual field, they call themselves “pro-life.”

By what right does anyone claim the power to dispose of the lives of others and to dictate their personal choices?

I have to state this very important issue to make it clear that my position against the RH bill is not the same as the arguments of the religionists against anti-population measures. My argument against this bill is fundamentally grounded in man’s individual rights. That is, that every human being has the right to his life, liberty, property, and his pursuit of happiness. I am against this bill for the very reason that it is against ‘reason.’ The arguments of the religionists against this bill is firmly grounded in the mystical premise that an unborn child has the same rights as that of the woman being condemned to carry an un-chosen life-long obligation. They say they are pro-life, but such a claim is a blatant rationalization of their mystical beliefs. A woman has the right to her own life and to her own body, which means no one, not even a society, has the right to impose on that woman to carry a heavy burden throughout her life by denying her the right to abortion.

It is very disappointing to observe that no one has ever opposed this bill on the ground of individual rights. This is why I have to speak against the lies and idiocy of the bill’s advocates and supporters. Their economic justification for this bill is against economic realities. However, it is most disappointing to know that what they’re demanding is not a political measure to serve women and the poor, but dictatorship.

So let me repeat what I stated in my previous blog entitled The Psychology of the Anti-Population Cult:

It is ironic that those who reject philosophy or ideology are now currently engaged in a battle of ideas. The bill’s proponents and supporters are pushing for an idea that would coerce employers to provide reproductive health services for their employees against their will, and inflate government power. This idea is based on the morality of altruism, as its proponents and supporters believe it is our duty to serve the poor and the weak.

My rejection of this altruist/socialist bill is grounded in the concept of individual rights—that the government is not—and should not be—in the business of providing welfare to the people, but of protecting their rights. If the state were altruistically committed to a so-called equal distribution of wealth and  welfare, it had to acquire them from those who are able to produce. The fundamental premise of my argument is based on individualism and the economic principle of which is capitalism. The only social system that can save this country from worsening poverty is capitalism—and the only solution to overpopulation, which is not even a problem, is to reject the morality of altruism, the concept of statism, and embrace reason, individualism, and a philosophy for living on earth. This way, the Filipino can achieve a new renaissance for this country.

 

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Bong Thom permalink
    October 3, 2010 3:38

    What the f@*k are you talking about? Do you even know the local context?

    • October 3, 2010 3:38

      There is no such thing as “local context.” It only exists in your mind. There is only universal, epistemological truth that’s applicable to all men by way of their nature and rights!

      • Bong Thom permalink
        October 3, 2010 3:38

        Theoretical bullshit! Open you mind!

  2. Bong Thom permalink
    October 3, 2010 3:38

    Anti-population my ass! Have you ever experienced not having to eat the whole day? Have you experienced sleeping without food in your stomach? Have you ever seen a dead child on the street because of hunger? Have you talked to a 14 year old girl selling her body just to feed her siblings? Have you seen children working in construction sites instead of going to school and playing with friends?

    You should get out more. Maybe, just maybe you will change your perspective!

    • October 3, 2010 3:38

      “Anti-population my ass! Have you ever experienced not having to eat the whole day? Have you experienced sleeping without food in your stomach? Have you ever seen a dead child on the street because of hunger? Have you talked to a 14 year old girl selling her body just to feed her siblings? Have you seen children working in construction sites instead of going to school and playing with friends?”

      Pure hogwash and uneducated bullshit! Go get some proper education, kid. That’s the usual rhetoric of the communists who support slavery and dictatorship. Better migrate to Cuba or North Korea! You belong there…

      If you’re sane, why not make your own argument and not just spew emotional socialist slogans here? Argue properly and rebut my points here.

    • Love permalink
      October 10, 2010 3:38

      i have experienced not having to eat the whole day and working out in the hot gravel and sand fields , honor and integrity is what keeps us strong not sex education, pills and condom, these things did not help me there, funny question from RH Bill backers=), may be you should be the one to experience it and see your perspective and genuinely understand from the heart. you know most of these girls are forced into prostitution by the same corrupt individuals who think they can use the poor to pocket money for themselves. no girl/lady/woman in their righteous might gets into that even for world hunger without being forcibly used then distorted, we know its not a solution. peoples morality will not be stolen, deceived and distorted with such invalid arguements and the truth of the matter will be revealed to how low these devious RH Bill and corrupt individuals go.

  3. unrealdummy permalink
    March 18, 2011 3:38

    QUOTE
    My argument against this bill is fundamentally grounded in man’s individual rights. That is, that every human being has the right to his life, liberty, property, and his pursuit of happiness.
    UNQUOTE

    I agree with your point. However do you also realize there are people who would wish not to be born at all just to avoid the suffering? I’m not really sure if I really got your point.

    QUOTE
    This idea is based on the morality of altruism, as its proponents and supporters believe it is our duty to serve the poor and the weak
    ..
    and the only solution to overpopulation, which is not even a problem,
    ..
    UNQUOTE

    I have an impression that you want to let the poor to stay poor if they chose to. You didn’t like the idea of controlling the population because it’s not a problem according to you. Probably you’re not affected by overpopulation, you might even be benefiting from it if you happen to be an exporter or an outsourcer; you hire low and sell high. I guess you won’t be saying that if you happen to be in a middle class where you have to struggle to be the best when only one employer exists per thousands of employees.

    I believe if you hate socialism that much and you’re in a middle class, then you must be rooting for the RH Bill. When you reduce the population, you will be reducing the tax spent on other people’s education when they failed to send they kids to private schools or failed to provide their kids their social needs. I support the RH Bill because I didn’t like the idea of my government spending most of my tax on people who failed to provide to their children.

    • March 19, 2011 3:38

      Read my other blogs to understand that the RH bill is anti-poor. This bill will definitely cause unemployment because it makes the conduct of business almost impossible.

      • unrealdummy permalink
        March 21, 2011 3:38

        Perhaps you could send me a link to that particular blog of yours.

        I have read your blog here:

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/a-friendly-letter-to-all-pro-rh-bill-freaks/

        I totally agree with you that the government shouldn’t be distributing wealth to the poor families. They are poor for a reason. But at the same time, I hate inequality when it comes to opportunities. It just so happens that I have this impression that RH bill could somehow reduce this distribution of wealth by reducing the population of the poor. I don’t understand why you can’t see that point. What is it you’re against population control?

      • March 21, 2011 3:38

        You should understand that I do not repeat the same argument in each of my blogs. But consider this an act of charity. I don’t want to repeat here all my arguments against the bill. Just read all my anti-RH bill blogs if you want to know my position https://fvdb.wordpress.com/no-to-rh-bill/

        If you’re really honest enough to know my position on this issue, all you have to do is read my blogs.

        Here’s what you said above: “I agree with your point. However do you also realize there are people who would wish not to be born at all just to avoid the suffering? I’m not really sure if I really got your point.”

        You also said: “I have an impression that you want to let the poor to stay poor if they chose to. You didn’t like the idea of controlling the population because it’s not a problem according to you. Probably you’re not affected by overpopulation, you might even be benefiting from it if you happen to be an exporter or an outsourcer; you hire low and sell high. I guess you won’t be saying that if you happen to be in a middle class where you have to struggle to be the best when only one employer exists per thousands of employees.”

        FIRST, did you read the bill?

        How does the bill achieve its purported goals? How does it propose to help the poor and women and solve the alleged overpopulation?

        Do you know how?

        By sacrificing businessmen and health care providers. In short, by criminalizing the mere act of doing business!

        DID YOU READ THE BILL?!

        READ THIS POSTS:

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/the-most-needed-victims-of-the-rh-bill-businessmen-and-doctors/

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/ateneo-school-of-medicines-self-immolating-self-destructive-letter-in-support-of-the-rh-bill/

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/the-evils-of-rh-bill-and-universal-health-care/

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/responsible-parenthood-bill-a-fascist-legislation-by-another-name/

        I am NOT AFFECTED by OVERPOPULATION because it is a MYTH!!!

        READ THESE:

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/rh-bills-fallacy/

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/rh-bill/

        You said: “But at the same time, I hate inequality when it comes to opportunities.”

        How do you propose to solve that inequality? By REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH? Do you even know what redistribution of wealth means? Inequality in this country is primarily caused by the government, thru its interventionist policies, etc.

        READ THESE:

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/collective-ignorance-the-roots-of-dictatorship-and-economic-chaos/

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/what-if-they-went-on-strike/

        You said: “It just so happens that I have this impression that RH bill could somehow reduce this distribution of wealth by reducing the population of the poor.”

        THAT’S PURE STUPIDITY.

        Just tell me how this fascist bill is going to reduce “the population of the poor.” TELL ME!

        Just tell me how this bill is going to help the poor. Who will the government sacrifice to achieve the bill’s altruistic goal?!

        Your final stupidity: “I don’t understand why you can’t see that point. What is it you’re against population control?”

        I don’t understand why you’re so stupid… It’s because you chose not to read my blogs and try to fool yourself that you know what you’re talking about.

        READ THESE AND EDUCATE YOURSELF:

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/the-rh-bills-impact-on-your-rights-and-freedom/

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/heres-why-most-pro-population-control-advocates-didnt-actually-read-the-rh-bill/

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/whats-the-difference-between-the-new-up-prexy-and-the-rh-bill-solons/

        However, it is very much alarming that only a few enlightened people (me included) fully understand the unintended consequences of the bill on our rights and freedom. Only a very people have the intellectual ability to grasp the many fascist, statist provisions of the bill. That the bill seeks to violate the following constitutionally guaranteed rights:

        Equal protection under the law
        The rights and freedom of employers
        The rights and freedom of doctors and health care providers
        The rights and freedom of parents to decide on their own
        The rights and freedom of the people to say NO to government intrusion into family homes and people’s private lives.
        The rights and freedom of young students against state-imposed sex education
        The people’s right to free speech and freedom of expression
        Everybody’s right to be left alone
        Everybody’s right against any probable imposition of higher or new taxes
        The right to freedom of choice, which is being perverted and destroyed by Rep. Edcel Lagman and his stupid ilk

        https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/are-you-ready-for-higher-more-taxes/

        I don’t know if you’re DUMB or simply STUPID…

  4. unrealdummy permalink
    March 21, 2011 3:38

    It just so happen that I have a high respect to those people who can use their reasoning skills. I’ll just ignore your insults for now and take a look and see if your line of reasoning is worthy of it.

    • March 21, 2011 3:38

      I just call things by their name. WE HAVE TO CALL THINGS BY THEIR NAME. Call them and criticize them for what they are and not for what they don’t advocate or believe in. A stupid reasoning cannot be sound or rational at the same time. What do you call those people who sold their freedom and rights to such collectivist promises as equality, pro-poor programs, victory of the poor, common good, etc? They’re more than stupid. They’re the MOST EVIL type of men…

      BUT… before you read my blog links, BETTER READ AND UNDERSTAND THE BILL FIRST!

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