OK.  I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but somehow I got very distracted and haven’t written a blog in 4 months.  To me, it only feels like about three weeks, but each day I put off writing just makes it that much longer until I get back.  When I left off I was planning on finishing my discussion on abortion and how to go about reducing the number of them.  After rereading my previous post, I see I already said most of what I really wanted to talk about on abortions.

The only aspects of the subject I wanted to touch on were the rights of the women who find themselves pregnant.  Of course, one of the reasons I haven’t written in four months is that I’ve been avoiding writing about this subject since it’s a delicate one.  Do women have the right to control what happens to their own bodies?  Clearly, the Blue Lion would say that they do.  The problem I have is that, as discussed in the last post, it’s not only the woman’s life that is affected.  By the time a woman determines she’s pregnant, due to the uncertainties of personhood of the fetus growing inside her, that life has to be treated as if it has the rights of personhood (i.e. a right to live).  I know many people don’t like this and believe it’s unfair to women, and I understand that.  However, fair or not, women have the responsibility of caring for a life that isn’t their own.  We all know that life is not fair, but it’s even more unfair for women of child bearing age.

Where does that leave us?  Well, as we all know, to paraphrase Spiderman, with all powers, freedoms, rights and privileges comes additional responsibilities.  Women have the absolute right to control what happens to their own bodies.  With this right comes the responsibility to make sure they don’t become pregnant before they are able to care for a child or be able to give that child up for adoption.  I know it’s easy for me to say this since I’m not a woman and I know that there is no perfect solution to this problem.

However, we as a society need to start teaching our children that there are consequences to their actions from the time they are born.  They need to know when they make mistakes, and that although we still love them, they have erred.  The way we have been brining up our children to believe they can do anything they want and everything will be OK has hampered our evolution as a society.  Yes, every child should be taught to lead their life the way they choose, but they also need to know which choices are rational.  They need to learn how to make decisions that are in their rational self interest.   The notion that if if feels good to them they should do it, is anathema to living a happy successful life in the long run.

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t subscribe to the notion that all sex outside of marriage is wrong.  But adolescents/young adults that understand that there are consequences to their actions at least have a chance of stopping for a few seconds or minutes to make sure they are protecting themselves in one of the many ways available to them.  Of course this won’t eliminate unwanted pregnancies since the relevant demographic of humans is wired to think they are invulnerable to consequences.  This is probably and evolutionary strategy to ensure the continuance of the genetic code.  However, as thinking humans we need to work at overcoming this drive.  It will take generations, but at least it will move us in the right direction.

There is also the larger issue of the growing population of the planet and possible stresses this puts on the survival of the species, due to large, but finite resources.  That’s an interesting issue that the Blue Lion doesn’t really have an answer for.  Yes, increased population requires more use of resources, but the increased population itself is a resource.  Every person born adds to the chance that new technologies and resources will be discovered that will make the planet able to support more people.  Clearly, at some point, the pressure on resources might outweigh the ability of people to innovate solutions.  However, that has not happened yet and that point may be quite some time in the future.  At any rate, rational use of technology to limit the number of unwanted pregnancies and slow the population growth in many places may not be a bad thing.  The days of needing large families of children to ensure the survival of the family are gone in the industrialized world.  We don’t however, need to brutally limit the number of children a couple can have via forced sterilizations and abortions as they do in China.  In this case, a middle way that emphasizes freedom and responsibility of the individuals needs to be found.

There, as usual, I’ve said more than I planned when I started.  Until next time, live well.