I suspect this one might be a LIGHTNING ROD for discussion. But hey, that’s how I roll. I ask the questions, raise the points. You decide.
First, examine the following bizarre story (of course, it came out of Florida. Where else would this be? SMH):
Federal authorities arrested a local doctor’s son, whom they say tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking an abortion pill, killing their unborn child.
John Andrew Welden, 28, is now facing first-degree murder and interfering with interstate commerce charges.
According to a federal arrest affidavit, Welden swapped out his girlfriend’s antibiotics with abortion pills, specifically Cytotec.
“I was never going to do anything but go full term with it, and he didn’t want me to,” explained Remee Lee, 26, Welden’s now ex-girlfriend.
On Easter Sunday, Lee went to an area hospital complaining of severe cramping and excessive vaginal bleeding. Doctors told Lee her unborn baby no longer had a heartbeat.
Lee also brought along a bottle of Amoxycillin, an antibiotic. But when doctors examined the pills, they told her they were abortion pills.
“He came to my house with the pills, his weapon of choice,” Lee recalled.
Lee said when she learned she was pregnant, Welden took her to see his father, who is an obstetrician in Lutz. A sonogram and blood test confirmed Lee was six-weeks pregnant.
The next day, Welden called his girlfriend with bad news. Her blood test apparently showed she had a bacterial infection and she would need to take Amoxicillin to clear it up.
On Good Friday, Lee said Welden showed up at her Tampa home with a care package that included the bottle of antibiotics. The label said the pills were A moxycillin .
“He told me to keep taking them. I was supposed to take three a day for days,” she recalled of Welden’s instructions.
Lee told ABC Action News she did not call her boyfriend’s father to confirm she had a bacterial infection or that she needed to take the medication. Lee believed Welden was the love of her life and said she had no reason to not believe what he was telling her. She said Welden’s father also never followed up with her after her initial visit.
Lee is seeking a minimum of $15,000 in punitive damages and her suit cites battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress by Welden.[...]
Read the full article here.
I preface by acknowledging that I’m all for women’s right, particularly when it comes to reproduction. Even though I’m not a fan of abortion per se, I’m a DEFINITELY not a fan of denying women’s rights. However (here it comes) where do women’s rights end and men’s right begin? Women (at least until legislators complete their mission of taking us back to the 1950′s) can abort for whatever reason they want. If I’m not mistaken, a woman’s right to an abortion – which we defend and celebrate – can be independent of the man’s wishes. But how is that not hypocrisy? How can abortion can be considered a choice when it involves the woman making the decision, but murder when the man is making the choice (albeit, in a sneaky and dishonest way)? Why can’t MEN have the same freedom to decide if THEY want the baby? Are men automatically expected to go with the flow of unwanted parenthood, while women are given the choice?
I’m REALLY interested to hear your thoughts on this one. Holler at me!