Skip to comments.Women Who Have Abortions to Save the Planet Are the Selfish Ones
Posted on 12/02/2007 10:20:48 AM PST by wagglebee
Hey, did you hear the one about the woman who aborted her kid so she could save the planet?
That's no joke, but Darwin must be chuckling somewhere.
Toni Vernelli was one of two women recently featured in a London Daily Mail story about environmentalists who take their carbon footprint very, very seriously.
So seriously, in fact, that Vernelli aborted a pregnancy and, by age 27, had herself sterilized. Baby making, she says, is "selfish" and "all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet."
Because Toni and her husband, Ed, are childless and vegan, they say they can justify one long-haul airplane trip per year and still remain carbon neutral.
Sarah Irving is another like-minded nature-nurturer. She and fiance Mark Hudson decided on him having a vasectomy to prevent the possibility of an inconvenient life interfering with their carbon-perfect ones.
Those of us who have managed to see a pregnancy through to birth recognize the irony of these tales.
If we're not saving the planet for our kids, for whom are we saving it? After we're all sterilized and aborted, who's going to appreciate the fact that global warming is, by golly, under control? Who's going to live to tell the tale?
Tell me: When was the last time you read a good book by a polar bear?
Human beings may unconsciously wish to maintain their genetic line, but that's not the reason most people have children. OK, most of us have children because we get pregnant. But otherwise, the planet glorious as it is is simply not that much fun with no one around.
The authors of the newspaper story seemed to have a sense of something gone awry, but I don't share their nostalgia for "innocent eyes gazing up ... with unconditional love" and "a little hand slipping into hers and a voice calling her Mummy."
Those little pleasures are for all to cherish in their own private moments. Please.
What I'm nostalgic for is sanity.
The couples who choose abortion and sterilization may not save the planet, but they're saving the gene pool a mess o' trouble by purging their own from the mix. The Darwin Awards folks, who honor those who improve the species by accidentally removing themselves from it, will have to create a new category:
People Too Narcissistic To Procreate.
Far be it from me to suggest that people must have children to be content or to contribute to life on Earth. But abortion should never be confused with a selfless act. It is clearly the ultimate and most-vivid expression of the opposite.
Raising children is quantifiably the most persistently unselfish act known to mankind, as millions of veterans of sleepless nights will attest. Parenthood is when "I" takes a backseat to "thou" when the infant-self submits to adulthood so that the real infant gets a necessary turn at the well of self-importance.
Although I doubt there are many willing to sterilize themselves in order to reduce the size of their carbon footprint, such extreme materialism is the evolutionary product of our gradual commodification of human life.
Suddenly, the unborn is of no greater importance than the contents of our recycling bin. Like Weight Watchers dieters substituting carbs for sugars, we trade off future members of the human race to neutralize insults to Earth's balance in the present.
Here's how the mental calculation goes: Let's see, if I abort my child, maybe I can travel first-class to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.
Is this the slippery slope that pro-lifers prophesied? Once such utilitarian concerns edge out our humanity and once human life is deemed to have no greater value than any other life form how long before we begin tidying up other inconveniences?
Wouldn't it be helpful to eliminate some of the less productive members of society who, like the cows they no doubt eat, are emitting hazardous methane, one of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming?
That seems an absurd projection, but then not long ago, so did the aborting of babies to thwart global warming. The deeply caring, meanwhile, are always the ones to watch. Tenderness, it has been said, leads to the gas chambers.
On a lighter note, we might have avoided all such concerns if only the mothers of Toni, Ed, Sarah and Mark had been as "virtuous" as they are.
Carbon neutral my butt.
Raising children is quantifiably the most persistently unselfish act known to mankind,...
It was also part of the cycle of life until government assumed the task of providing for the “needy.”
These women are assuming that the children of others will work to contribute to the governmant coffers that dole out benefits, retirement pensions, health care, etc.
Selfish on many levels!!
When was that pic taken? There’s hardly enough of them for a good stampede.
Maybe a few Spotted Owls.
This whole lie is an easily provable one, in that if they really meant what they said, they wouldn’t stop at aborting any unplanned pregnancies, they’d get themselves, and any minor children they allready have, sterilized.
yeah...I know. I was looking for a real massive horde and too lazy
This is going to sound cold... but people like her
shouldn’t have children. Miss Vernelli is doing
the world a huge favor by not adding any more to
the population who think the way she thinks.
The sick part is that she murdered her unborn
child in the name of her false god “Vegan”.
“They have built also the high places of Baal to
burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings
unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it,
neither came it into my mind.” (Jeremiah 19:5)
~~Anthropogenic Global Warming ping~~
We should encourage this behavior for reasons that shouldn’t have to be explained.
You’d think that they wanted to bring more environmentally conscious children into the world.
Maybe we should coin the term “SUV Babies”, that will wake them up!
If they really want to save the planet, why not kill
themselves? Their child wasn’t even a consummer yet.
This whole lie is an easily provable one, in that if they really meant what they say, they wouldnt wait to abort any unplanned pregnancies, theyd get themselves, (and any minor children they already have), sterilized.
That sums it up for me.
I am sure their grandchildren will thank them for making the planet a better place.
The moon wasn't out yet.
Exactly. If one believes the end has no consequence and death no door way but instead a rotting retreat in the ground why would any individual waste a moment of their fleeting life worrying about a planet and species that not only do not appreciate our personal angst on their behalf but would not morn or celebrate our passing but continue mating and reproducing as the fools among us do not.