If you ever wondered why Touré is perpetually angry, the answer is now rather apparent: Pro-life individuals remind him about the the time he allowed his unborn son to be murdered.
Think that’s a bit harsh? Not really. I’m simply extrapolating the obvious based on commentary provided by … Touré, who “thanks God” for abortion. Cute, in a monstrously-cute kind of way.
This week brought us the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. It made me reflect on a moment from about 15 years ago, when I was in a committed relationship with a woman who I knew was just not the one. She also knew it probably wasn’t going to work out. And then she got pregnant. And I was terrified. … I knew that pregnant woman and I were not going to be able to form a lasting family. She decided it was best to have an abortion and days later she did. We did. And in some ways that choice saved my life. … I only would have contributed to making a mess of three lives.
Years after that I met another woman, married her, and after we decided to get pregnant I went to her doctor’s appointments — our doctors’ appointments — with joy. It was a thrill to watch that boy grow inside her, but I must admit that during that second trimester as we watched him move around on 3D sonograms I saw how human they are at that stage and my lifelong belief in abortion rights was, let’s say, jostled. It was life colliding with belief system. I had to rethink my position, but in the end I remain committed to being pro-choice because I cannot imagine arguing against a woman’s right to control her body and thus her life. …
Yes, there is a reasonable and unsolvable medical debate about when exactly life begins, but I find something undeniably misogynist about the impulse to deny a woman’s dominion over her own body and limit her ability to shape her life and impose another sense of morality on her. …
I want abortion to be legal, safe and rare. … I thank God and country that when I fell into a bad situation, abortion was there to save me and keep me on a path to building the strong family I have now, and I pray that safety net remains in place.
Let us deconstruct Touré’s Herculean effort at self-delusion.
- Touré’s girlfriend has an abortion.
- The abortion “saved” him.
- He “knows” it would not have worked out. False: He does not know that. He can not know that. Nobody, except God, knows how having that child would have changed him. He makes the assertion because doing so serves as a psychological salve for the grim reality he and his girlfriend created.
- Years later he had a child and “saw how human” it was months into his wife’s pregnancy.
- Touré’s belief in abortion was “jostled” — again, because he saw “how human” his unborn son was.
- Touré concludes he is still pro-choice because a woman should have dominion over “her body.” False premise: If there is a human being alive in her body, it is not just her body. If the unborn child is human — and Touré seems to acknowledge that it is — then whether the dependent child exists inside or outside the womb is irrelevant as it pertains to the mother’s responsibility to defend that child’s right to life.
- Touré believes it is misogynistic to “impose … a sense of morality” on a woman. False: Laws impose morality on us every day. Is Touré in favor of legalizing all drugs? If not, then perhaps I find it misogynistic that he would tell a woman what she can do with her body.
I originally wasn’t going to even write this post, but someone needs to point out how sad it is that Touré’s only claim to fame is saying something he hopes is “outrageous” enough to get conservatives to call for a weird boycott of his network, or to get him fired, or to respond in a way that feeds into his preconceived notions about the right.
This is how it works in MSNBC world: Conservatives who want lower taxes and limited government are “extreme,” but the guy who thanks God for abortion considers himself to be a “reasonable” guy. Stay tuned to MSNBC, because next week Touré plans to thank God for murder since it reduces the carbon footprint humans have on the environment.
With that said, let me make something clear: my problem in this instance is not that Touré helped his girlfriend have an abortion years ago. My problem is that instead of praying for God’s forgiveness, he’s such a narcissistic clown that he rhetorically makes abortion a gift from God.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. A lot. But I don’t go around advertising them for all the world to see, and I definitely don’t go around warping them into soapbox speeches for my conservatism. Instead, I humble myself before God, ask for forgiveness, and pray for the time to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that my words are contrite. And tonight, I’ll pray for Touré.