Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Abortion in Poland

A Polish anti-abortion group has caused a rumpus in Poland by its advertising campaign which points out that Nazi Germany introduced abortion into Poland on 9 March 1943. You can see the story and the poster here.

What amazed me about the story was the journalistic gloss on this event. Here is the relevant passage:

But the use of Hitler, along with the torn foetus pictures, has already incurred the wrath of critics. Nazi Germany inflicted horrific levels of death and destruction on Poland, so any perceived attempt to hijack that suffering for the sake of a political or ethical agenda can be viewed with distaste.

I'm interested to know what ethical agenda the Polish anti-abortionists have which cannot be associated with the original Nazi abortion law. All abortion involves the suppression of the personhood of the conceived child in utero, a personhood which is emotionally and unconsciously affirmed by those who WANT their conceived child, and often by those who do not. Now, what was the original abortion law if not an attack on the personhood of the Poles? At least that law was based on spuriously objective grounds. The pro-abortion lobby want abortion dependent on the free choice of the woman - a condition which conceals its aggressive potency under the veil of liberty.

This poster doesn't hijack wartime suffering; it merely underlines the point that any political caste can be guilty of suppressing personhood just by shifting the goalposts. Well done, Fundacja Pro, for unveiling the myth that bourgeois accommodation with the destruction of human life is so morally superior to Nazi destruction of human life.

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