Airport Screening And The Clock Of Life

The airport screening controversy brought to mind another version of our society’s inconsistant views on what I call the “Clock of Life”.  I use this term because the computer which screens language for these posts does not tolerate use of the terms we usually use.  It should not be difficult to figure out what I am referring to here.

Surely, a large numbers of complaints about airport screening are coming from people who have zero tolerance to deaths of what are called “people” before they are born.  Yet, no one can deny that many aready born people will die without a lot of airport screening.  That’s the point of the screening, to save lives.  Some of those who would inevitably die would be children who would be taken on airplanes by their parents–children who would have no choice in the matter.

It is also what bothers me about automobile accidents.  About 40,000 people a year are killed in automobile accidents.  Certainly, the majority could be prevented.  All we would have to do is make the penalty of driving under the influence so onerous it would be mostly eliminated, wear helmets in cars and slow automobile speeds by about 1/3.  It would virutally no effect on the economy.

So, why do we make such a fuss over “lives” lost before birth and not over needless lives lost after birth? A  cynical explanation is the only one I can come up with. 

By focusing on “lives” before birth, religious groups both exert power over women and raise lots of money. Focusing on saving lives after birth does neither.

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