Women are incubators?
“A fetus is not a baby! Abortion is not murder! Women are not incubators!”
~ The pro-choice demonstration
The first time I watched the video of pro-choice demonstrators protesting San Francisco’s Walk for Life, I saw a group of men and boys holding up a sign saying, “Break the chains.” I was not surprised when they shouted that a fetus is not a baby and that abortion is not murder…because if an unborn child is just a blob of cells, then abortion cannot possibly be murder!
However, science and technology prove that fetuses are indeed human beings. The argument that women are not incubators confused me for I did not know what an incubator was. I had a sense that the men were saying women are not “baby-making machines”.
When I looked up the meaning of an “incubator” in the dictionary, I found the following definition:
- n, an enclosed apparatus (device) providing a controlled environment for the care and protection of premature or unusually small, sick babies.
My question is, how in the world can women be incubators if the fetus they carry inside them is not a baby?! After all, incubators provide life support to weak babies, not fetuses. To claim that a fetus is not a baby while saying women are not incubators is irrational and illogical. Who ever said women are incubators?
Growing up, I have never heard anyone refer to women as incubators. What I do not understand is this: if a woman is dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, then she is an incubator. What about women who choose to stay pregnant? Are they incubators, too? What is the difference if a pregnancy is “unwanted” or not? A pregnancy is a pregnancy no matter how unplanned or unwanted it is.
I recently read an argument online by a woman stating, “We are not walking incubators! We are human beings.” Of course women are human beings, and so are the unborn children they carry inside. Women facing unwanted pregnancies and complaining that they feel like incubators only degrade themselves. Continuing with an unwanted pregnancy to keep an unborn child alive is not dehumanizing; calling pregnant women incubators is. It is the use of demeaning terms that degrades people.
If you call one woman with an unwanted pregnancy an incubator, then you are calling all pregnant women, including your birth mother, incubators. If women are incubators, then what does that statement make the rest of us human beings? Feces-producing machines? To use terms of objectification against reproductive and other human functions is offensive towards women and human beings as a whole.
I am appalled that some people use the incubator argument to defend abortion. Not only do they insult women choosing to stay pregnant, but they insult pregnant women in general. Those for abortion do not speak for women facing unplanned pregnancies, nor are they helping them in any way. Is it possible that those for abortion are in fact using pregnant women for their own pro-abortion agenda by labeling them as incubators? They would not call their pregnant friends or family members “incubators,” would they? Are women incubators only if they do not want to remain pregnant? And if a woman changes her mind about her pregnancy and decides to keep the unborn child alive, is she suddenly no longer an incubator once she embraces her pregnant body? The incubator argument does not make any sense whatsoever.
As long as we keep living in a sexist society and in a world where women and girls are degraded for being pregnant in general, the issue of abortion will still be around. I do not hear men being called “sperm donors” to degrade them. And if men are just “sperm donors,” does that make women just “incubators”? Think about it.