Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Feministe's Hoop-la

Jill of Feministe writes to point me toward Feministe's post criticizing a high school that punished a female basketball player who gave birth. The post notes that penalizing high school athletes for having babies has caused some young women to have abortions.

It is indeed good to see Feministe criticizing a policy that leads some teens to have abortions. I wouldn't call their position pro-life though, any more than a steak house that offers mashed potatoes could be called pro-vegetarian. The Feministe position is based on a commodification of the preborn child; the baby is not a person, but an object that must not be allowed to stand in the way of a woman's education. That the blog recommends the bureaucratic obstacles to education be removed, rather than the baby itself, is admirable — but it still doesn't acknowledge the preborn child as anything more than a political basketball.