Natalie Solent

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Monday, February 27, 2006
Perfect, in its way. I commended this post by the American Expatriate over at B-BBC. Here I'd like to take a moment to admire the one comment it has garnered so far.

Anonymous said...

Too bad for the fetus-humpers' argument that there's no such thing as a "partial-birth abortion." It's called a D&X, and contrary to what the anti-choice crowd says, it's only ever done in the case of a severely deformed baby that wouldn't survive, such as an anencephalic one. And, contrary to the right's opinion that all women who have abortions are chyuld-hatin' sluts who go get scrapes as easily as they order takeout (I guess that includes their own womenfolk), any woman who has remained pregnant well into the ninth month obviously wanted a baby.

But, oh, that's right...gotta keep that sucker on life support at taxpayer expense for 20+ years until it expires on its own, because "GAWWWWWWD IS TEH AUUUUUTHOR OF LYYYYUFFFF!!!" Even if it doesn't have a brain. Well, I guess it could always go to work for NewsMax or WingNutDaily or something...

6:46 PM

Admit it. This one is a perfect ten.
  • It has the bizarre ("fetus-humpers'");
  • the illogical (five points for every reason why "any woman who has remained pregnant well into the ninth month obviously wanted a baby" might not always be true and extra points for reasons that are usually advanced by pro-choice activists);
  • the you-people-all-think generalization ("the right's opinion that all women who...");
  • the CAPITAL LETTERS often REPEEEEATED for subtle effect;
  • it features Disproof By I Don't Like Your Accent, in its even more refined version, Disproof By I Think I Wouldn't Like Your Accent If I Knew What It Sounded Like;
  • it has the off-target abuse, denouncing the ignorant religiosity of a man who has said, "when it comes to a divine being, I myself am a skeptic";
  • it has that elusive quality of irrelevance that marks the best internet discourse. Scott wrote about US legal history, our unknown hero saw "abortion" in there somewhere and let rip with a Pavlovian howl about the proper terminology for partial-birth abortion.
  • After all that it didn't even bother to explain what "D&X" was. (Dilation & Extraction, if you're interested.)
  • It even - oh, be still my beating heart, it even has the mention of WingNuts.
  • It employed all the aforementioned techniques in an apparent attempt to persuade right wingers and opponents of abortion to change their minds.