A pound of flesh

baby on a scale I haven’t fully figured out whether being forced to read classic literature as a child has been an overall benefit or detriment.  I’m leaning towards benefit as I’ve stayed well clear of killing my father and marrying my mother and I have much greater respect for the life of those in sales; dead or alive.  I put those two examples in the benefit score column.

The only real negative I guess to reading classic literature is that it is sometimes difficult to turn it off.  Case in point is what has been stuck in my head since I read through the list of search strings that brought people to this site.

  • can a 20 week old fetus feel pain
  • babies feel pain with abortion
  • does the baby feel the pain when having an abortion?
  • when can a baby feel pain
  • do babies feel pain during abortion
  • does the baby feel pain while in abortion?

Imagine people sitting at their desks and actually running a search for these word groups.  Yes, yes, babies feel pain.  What possibly could be going through the mind of these Googlers as they typed these words?

I know what was going through my mind as I read these words; Shylock’s soliloquy.  Oh, well actually knowing the word soliloquy could be put in the detriment column, but back to Shylock.

In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Shylock is demanding that he, a Jew, be afforded the same rights as a Christian.  Granted it was a right of revenge he was demanding, but you’ll see why it is stuck in my head  as I read the questions posed by those silly with relation to abortion.

From the mouth of Shylock:

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

From the head of Wally:

I am an unborn child. Hath not an unborn eyes? Hath not an unborn hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a born child is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

I find a great parallel between our historical ability to view other races, religions, or cultures as sub-human and many in today’s culture who view our unborn children as sub-human.  Some would argue that we haven’t overcome racial disparity.  To them I’d say focus on the positives; we have come an awful long way in the right direction towards recognizing all people as people.  However, at the same time, it seems we have gone an awful long way away from recognizing unborn children as children.

It would be nice to see those who have fought tirelessly for born human rights to follow through with human rights for those who are unborn.  If the unborn could speak, I bet they’d sound a bit like Shylock.

And because I’m stuck with another Merchant of Venice thought, let me stick you the reader with it also.  Call it a shared experience.

Shakespeare’s Antonio risked a literal pound of his flesh borrowing money from Shylock to help his friend.  As it happens, 1 pound is the weight of an unborn child half way through a typical pregnancy and still very legal to kill.

Let that tumble around in the ole’ knoggin for awhile.

**update**

While correcting a typo found by my editor, otherwise known as Mrs. Wally, I saw that one more abortion related search string had popped up.  So kick that other thing out of your knoggin and tumble this one.

  • does aborting babies harm them

And here’s another from today

  • do babies feel pain?