Flimsy Sanity: George Carlin On Abortion

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, February 09, 2008

George Carlin On Abortion

A lady doctor who ran an abortion clinic in Montana was on NPR a couple days ago. She talked about her harassment and how these same protesters showed up for abortions - hypocrites everywhere.

I have only compassion for someone who chooses abortion. Most people sympathize with rape and incest victims but I have nothing but pity for any woman faced with the choice. Sex is a powerful natural urge and birth control mistakes happen. Children are parasites for 20 years or more -they aren't just born and then get on their legs and go graze like Bambi. Someone, (and this is nearly always the woman) must give up their life for the child. Choices about school, a career, resources already stretched going to feed another mouth, the end of independence, a chance to contribute to humanity - many thoughts go into the decision. Everyone praises Helen Keller and she was an amazing woman, but Anne Sullivan gave up her life to make her so. What man would give up his life so that another could succeed? Your reward for this self-sacrifice will probably be resentment.

Memorial Day honors the men who gave up a few years of their life for a cause. Women give up the entire productive period of their lives and their chance to be creative humans and contribute to society so that even more humans can be added to this overcrowded earth. The Right to Lifers see it as such a simple choice, murder or life. I see things simply also - Every child should be a wanted child.

If only the Right-to-Lifers would see war as clearly.


  • At 3:18 PM, Anonymous R J Adams said…

    George Carlin has a talent for highlighting the absurd. A great video, followed by an excellent appraisal of the subject matter.

  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger brunsvold said…

    I have a strange take on this. I do consider abortion an act of murder but I insist that it is the sole right of the woman to make such a decision in this utterly unique case. In this way we see that women have this sole power over bringing new life into the world and as such, given this responsibility, they can look out onto this world and decide whether the human race is doing its proper duty in creating (or perhaps merely maintaining for god’s sake) a place that is suitable enough for children to be. That means proper health care, systems where you don’t have to rent out your body to maintain existence, clean air, water and food for proper growth and nutrition etc. And if a man so wants to parade his progeny around he will then see that it is to the wishes of the woman in this regard that he had better start fuckin’ payin’ attention. So, ever more power to this freedom, I wouldn’t wish it on anybody but the superior of the species – I guess that’s one for intelligent design.

  • At 3:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The solution is so simple: Any sex not intended for procreation should be outlawed. Women could live with that better than men I bet but it would change our entire culture.

    If every child was wanted, perhaps 5000 a year would not be drowned, burned, smothered, beaten to death by their parents.

  • At 4:14 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Brunsvold: I didn't know a person could straddle the fence and be pro-life and pro-choice at the same time. Interesting. On the other hand, I join the misanthropes who think humans are by and large a disgusting species...


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