He’s done it with the Constitution, he’s done it with economics, he’s done it with global warming and now he’s done it again. This time, with abortion. That’s right, everyone’s favorite washed-up-children’s-entertainer-turned-nutty-left-wing-activist, Mr. William Nye, has yet again tried and failed to use his apparent vague familiarity with “science” to advance a hot-button political issue. Oh joy.
Evidently the world simply couldn’t wait another minute to find out just where he stood when it came to abortion (I know I sure was waiting with bated breath) so, thankfully he made a video
subjecting the world to his opiniontelling us. Because #science.
In this video, he uses several
straw mentalking points that I thought I should probably rebut (although it’s pretty much like shooting fish in a barrel). The folks over at Red State put together the list of the straw mentalking points he uses in the video:
- A large number of humans in the blastocyst stage of development fail to implant in the uterus and subsequently die.
And? So what? It is completely illogical to suggest that just because some people die at a certain stage of life, that it should be legal to kill all those who don’t die during that same stage. That’s insane. Lots of people with cancer die. Should it be legal to kill cancer survivors?
- If we respect the dignity of blastocyst humans, it follows that we need to imprison men and women whose babies fail to implant.
It follows that we should imprison parents whose children die from health problems? What is he even talking about?
- The typical pro-life advocate is a man of European descent trying to tell women what to do.
Is that why 57% of *women* consider themselves “pro-life”? And this glaring incorrect statement aside, again I say so what? If a person or group of people are right (or wrong) about an issue, who cares what their gender or skin color is?
- Pro-life laws are based on an interpretation of a book written 5000 years ago.
This is so hilariously predictable. The Bible doesn’t mention abortion. It does, however, mention murder. Does Mr. Nye oppose the murder of innocent, autonomous adults (I assume he does)? If so, why does he oppose it? Is it because of a book that was written 5,000 years ago? If so, he’s a hypocrite. If not, then he’s admitting that it’s possible to find things morally repugnant independent of the Bible. Furthermore, the entire crux of the issue revolves around the question of when life begins so that we can determine whether or not abortion is murder. Regardless of one’s religious views, if one is opposed to murder and also believes that life begins at conception, that person must be opposed to abortion if they are to remain intellectually consistent.
- Pro-life advocates believe that every act of sexual intercourse should result in a baby. Legislation to restrict abortion is based on this unscientific belief.
Where is he getting this stuff? I have literally never one time ever heard a pro-life advocate say that they believe that every act of sexual intercourse should result in a baby. It’s as if he’s just making crap up as he goes along.
- You can’t tell someone else what to do.
Excuse me? This is coming from the man who wants the government to regulate virtually every aspect of the lives of its citizens.
- Abortion is needed because a woman might not like the man who impregnated her and might not want anything to do with his genes, especially if she has been raped.
So the answer is kill the innocent child. Seems logical.
- There are more important issues than abortion.
Not if abortion is murder.
- Science has taught us a lot about life before birth. Pro-life advocates are not scientists and do not know what happens after an egg is fertilized.
Umm…He’s not a scientist either. He’s a freaking mechanical engineer turned children’s TV star turned far-left political shill. Oh and he’s absolutely right. Science has taught us quite a bit about life before birth. It has taught us that unborn children have DNA that is different from both their mother and their father. It has taught us that unborn children can feel pain. It has taught us that unborn children can think and dream. It has taught us that unborn babies can learn and remember. It has taught us that unborn babies are autonomous and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It has taught us that life begins at conception.
- Teaching abstinence is ineffective. Closing abortion clinics and not giving women access to birth control will not lead to a healthy society.
And the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. And the Earth is roughly 8,000 miles in diameter. See? I can throw out random information too. #irrelevant
- I understand that you have deeply religious beliefs that give you respect for what you perceive as unborn people, but look at the facts and don’t tell women what to do.
This is a purposeful mischaracterization. First of all, as far as the government is concerned, I could not care less what a woman does with her body. In fact, as a libertarian, I’d bet I have a more “liberal” view of what people should be allowed to do with their own bodies than Mr. Nye does (Hint: They should be able to do *whatever* they want to do so long as they don’t infringe upon the rights of someone else).
- Pro-life laws are in nobody’s best interest.
Except for the babies who are, you know, being murdered.
- We have other problems to solve.
Indeed. But abortion is our most glaring moral failure, and it’s time to fix that. That doesn’t mean we don’t also work on other problems, but we can’t continue pretending like unborn life isn’t life when we know that it is. How does know that?
Because of actual science, something Bill Nye really needs to brush up on.
Definitely not the strongest of his videos. Very poor arguments.
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