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May. 24th, 2007

10:02 am - Convincing Strategies

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Catholic.net is really super proud of its daily comic, Umbert the Unborn, in which a talking cartoon fetus tells us why we should all be pro-life. And I suppose they have every right to take pride in their little creation. Umbert is pretty exceptional. For an isolated embryo floating in amniotic fluid, he is extremely agile, highly lingual, and incredibly communicative. And he looks very mature for his age. Why, if it wasn't for his poorly drawn umbilical cord (which seems to be attached to nothing, least of all a woman), you would never even guess him to be unborn.

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Wow. This cartoon is, like, totally effective. If I ever become a victim of an unwanted pregnancy and find myself tempted to exercise my right to terminate it, I will be forced to imagine that the zygote that has implanted in my uterus is actually a pudgy intellectual cartoon toddler who can sing and dance and talk on a little uterine cell phone to his unborn friends who reside in other wombs. (I'm not even joking. He really does this. And naturally, the female fetus has a bow on her head.) What a relief to know the truth. Thanks, pro-lifers!

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From:caropal
Date:May 24th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
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It may be just me, but the thought of having that in my body makes me more willing to terminate it than if there was a fetus. Fetus < Umbert, on the grand creepiness scale of life.
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From:trrrracey
Date:May 25th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
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Seriously. That square head is rather off-putting, isn't it? Can you imagine pushing that thing out of your birth canal?

I think it's pretty telling that the comic is drawn by a man.
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From:amidreamingmere
Date:May 24th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I think in most cases you would not be a "victim" of an unwanted pregnancy, since most people participate in the act required to produce this result voluntarily...but that is really creepy. He looks way older than your average gestational period would allow.
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From:trrrracey
Date:May 25th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
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Yeah. According to the comic, gestation periods now last around 20 years.

And "victim" is precisely the word I meant to use.
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From:spaghedeity
Date:May 25th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
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While I understand the reasoning behind pro-life campaigning, I'm still pro-choice, because I hold utilitarian views when it comes to abortion (and everything else, for that matter).
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From:trrrracey
Date:May 25th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
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You mean you aren't so touched by little Humbert that you've had a change of heart?
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From:evelynnash
Date:May 25th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
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What's the difference between lingual and communicative?
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From:trrrracey
Date:May 26th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I made the distinction because it's weird enough that he knows language, but he's also communicating with hand gestures, eye contact, and eyebrow movements.
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