I spent far more hours than I care to admit on Twitter this past weekend. It all started with a woman who took a position claiming that abortion should be a viable option as long as the foster system was overwhelmed, since making abortion illegal would funnel more children into an already broken system. She also said that legal abortion was the only thing guaranteeing that women could achieve economic independence.
What followed was exactly what you might expect. The abortion culture in the United States was compared – accurately – to the slaughter of the Jews in Nazi Germany. Fetuses were compared – by her - to parasites that shouldn’t be considered “human” until birth.
But then the debate went sideways. When asked when killing a baby should become “wrong,” this girl said “no less than one year after birth.”
“Is that a serious response?” I asked.
“Why wouldn’t it be?”
“Just to clarify,” I said, “Infanticide should be legal up to one year if it provides economic stability to the mother?”
“Yep.” Three letters that brought the Twitterverse (or at least the corner of it in which I reside) to a screeching halt.
“Yep.” Life isn’t *life* so much as it is political capital.
“Yep.” Oh, by the way, a “fetus” isn’t an *actual* baby.
Within minutes, the full weight of the pro life lobby on Twitter descended on her head. Not surprisingly, she quickly tried to play it off as a joke.
“Wow. You guys are too dense and stupid to understand sarcasm?”
Sarcasm is amusing. When it isn’t advocating INFANTICIDE.
“I was just trying to prove how crazy pro-lifers are.”
By telling jokes about KILLING LIVE BABIES.
“OMG you guys are a riot.”
Because people who think KILLING ALL TEH BABIEZ is wrong are about as funny as jokes about rape. Only less so.
The problem with her “sarcasm” in a nutshell: there are people who SERIOUSLY hold that position. Why would anyone assume that she was employing sarcasm when a)the position, though reprehensible, lined up with every other argument she had made up to that point, and b)she not only took the position, but doubled down on it. Twice.
On an unrelated note, her Twitter account was banned later that day…