ABORTION AND BIOLOGY

By William Markiewicz

Robot and Woman

I would like to treat this universal problem of abortion from a biological point of view precisely because this aspect seems to be largely neglected at the expense of the political, social and moral aspects. It's amazing to see the cavalier way people treat the most intimate property they possess -- their bodies -- when we are biological beings first. People at large treat their bodies as one more commodity, like a car or a refrigerator. If something goes wrong, they go to a "repairman." They tend to ignore the fact that each of us is special and different in many aspects and seek general formulas for improvement; they jog, diet, "don't smoke," do yoga, etc. And the one uncontested universal axiom known to each nature lover and observer is the axiom of non-intervention. Nature likes to be left alone. The body is an extremely delicate, not entirely understood system, and more complicated things happen on the level of one living cell than in entire dead galaxies.

Here I am coming to the point that abortion is, in the first place, an act inflicted in the biological area and so, it should be considered as a biological problem. Abortion is an operation, and for the body there is no such thing as a good operation. Flesh and metal don't make good bedfellows. Abortion is an anatomical and physiological violation of the healthy body and sooner or later the biological price must be paid. Of course nobody should be forced into maternity. An unwilling mother will make at least two unhappy beings: the baby and herself. But for the body that knows no other laws than its own, abortion is the worst of solutions. Adoption is one hundred times better as a solution because eventual moral remorse is healthier to live with than injuries inflicted to our bodies. We must not forget that it is with our bodies that we make the final reckoning and therefore, if we really care about a long and healthy life the rules of our body must be respected over all other considerations.

If abortion is the most notorious example of how we take our bodies for granted, there is an infinity of other examples of how people violate their nature due to ignorance and/or commodity. Anybody familiar with airports, train stations, etc. has seen crowds sitting, eating, drinking, sleeping, just because they have nothing else to do. Later they wonder why they feel more tired than ever.

I didn't write these lines with the goal of proposing a 'solution.' Looking for universal panaceas is part of a mentality that belongs to the past. I simply propose to include our bodies in a very modern trend -- that of love of nature, protection of the environment. Our body is our most intimate environment. Non-intervention means trying to heal ulcers, gall bladders, varicose veins, etc., instead of considering operation first. We cannot vomit the ulcers but there is such a thing as a natural miscarriage inflicted on many women who cannot carry their pregnancies to term. We don't hear too much about research to find miscarriage provoking drugs, somewhat in the tradition of 'grandmothers' potions.' We know that those potions sometimes worked, sometimes not, and that should be enough to stimulate the herbalists' and pharmacologists' search for this alternative to abortion. Abortion shouldn't be forbidden. Adult people must have the right to control their bodies for better or worse and there are situations when abortion really cannot be avoided. But let people realize that it is one of the worst solutions.



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