Give Hollywood Some Credit Michael Dave January 31, 2013 Abortion, Entertainment 2 Comments Okay, I know telling everyone to give Hollywood credit for something is a stretch, but this article does a great job of talking about how abortion isn’t something that is fully accepted in our culture as easy. “What TV Teaches Us About Abortion” does a great job of also talking about how the one thing Hollywood does do with abortion is make the girl out to be the victim failing to see the baby as the victim. Either way I agree at least it abortion in this case was shown in a way that at least in a way that is somewhat honest. Also if you have never read this post by zombie it was written a while ago but one of those posts I love to share with anyone who has not had a chance to read it. Great write up on the pro-life/pro-choice debate. *Disclaimer — I have never seen this show so I am going based off the article. n.n I’m not sure they deserve credit. They present abortion as a struggle to reconcile morality and reality; but, what they are actually doing is presenting a manufactured or exceptional case to convince people of conscience that the struggle is real, and the decision is not capricious. They are, in fact, acting as advocates and defenders of women who choose abortion. This presentation is designed to engender tolerance of abortion by promoting empathy with the woman as a victim of circumstance, who despite a moral struggle, must first, decide what’s best for her child, and second, for herself. n.n We consider rape because it is a form of involuntary exploitation. We consider incest because it is a form of superior exploitation. These two cases, along with preserving the life (not livelihood or welfare) of the mother, are the only exceptions worth noting. There is no such thing as a “fully formed” human being. We are in a state of development following a chaotic path throughout our lives, from conception to grave. If we respect human life, if we desire to preserve its intrinsic value, then the moral decision pertains to defining “conception”. There are two significant events of “conception”, First, there is biological conception. Second, there is conscious conception, which is reasonably correlated with development of the nervous system. Both are valid considerations. Our consciousness is either an emergent property of, or an expressed property through, our complex neural network. Since it is consciousness which makes us uniquely human, this may be a reasonable standard to distinguish between passive and active biological material. From our national charter, The Declaration of Independence, we have the following guidance: 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. and from the Fourteenth Amendment to our Constitution: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. The State cannot sanction taking the life of a citizen without due process of law, and equal protection of the laws. For people who subscribe to a Judeo-Christian faith, there is this divine guidance from Genesis: And the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and He breathed into his nostrils the soul of life, and man became a living soul. Our national charter recognizes our unalienable right to life from “creation”. The Torah distinguishes between biological creation and a “living soul”. Both describe conception, but which event is decisive? Our Judeo-Christain temperance proscribes elective abortion. Our laws proscribe elective abortion. Roe vs Wade is unconstitutional unless it is equally applied, which would cause most, if not all, people to reconsider their choices.