Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Fetus Tunnel Vision. It's a Thing. Don't Do It.

Josh Brahm:

fetus tunnel vision

   1. the inability to see and/or acknowledge human rights injustices without equating or comparing them to abortion.


Yet, every time September 11 rolls around, I watch dozens of well-meaning pro-life people post Facebook statuses like this:

“2,977 people died on 9/11. 3,300 babies are killed every day in abortion facilities. Why does everyone get so upset about the former and not the latter?”

That status annoys me, too.

It's tone-deaf on so many levels.

Josh says that it turns into an abortion juke.

I've referenced a similar phenomenon, of people being oversaved:

Josh lists some very good reasons why this kind of behaviour is to be avoided.

But one he didn't list is just that you're hijacking the conversation.

Nobody likes it when their conversation is hijacked.

It doesn't matter what the subject is, or the reason.

Autistic people are prone to this. They have obsessions, certain fandoms.

So they steer the conversation back to what they're thinking about.

You can be talking about hockey, and they want to talk about trains.

You want to dominate the conversation and foist your agenda on the gathering, without any regard to what your friends want.

This is ultimately what people find rude.

If people are venting about September 11th, they're not thinking of abortion.

I would also add that if you're prolife, and at some point, don't develop some kind of sensitivity to other social justice issues, you are doing it wrong.

Being pro-life naturally leads to other concerns. Single mothers. Fatherhood. Infants. Capital punishment. The disabled. Radical Islam.

Ultimately, being pro-life is not an identity-politics-based movement, the way feminism is. The pro-life movement is a principle-based movement. It's based on the idea that all human life is intrinsically valuable, and that its elimination cannot be legally sanctioned, except in direct self-defense.

This principle will flavour all of our conversations. You don't have to talk about abortion all the time  to spread that truth.

HT:  Ottawa Against Abortion