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My gripe with conservatives is that you'd think persons prepared to give full human rights to a zygote (single-celled organism) would immediately understand the case for animal rights. 
You'd think the unborn-right-to-lifers would immediately understand the animal-right to lifers! 
(and not deride animal rights)
Conservatives don't seem to mind the "nanny state" or "big government" or "government intervening in the bedroom" when it comes to abortion! 
The same God who declares in Genesis 9:3, "I give you everything" also declares in Exodus 21 that the fetus is not a person! Conservatives claim their freedom to kill animals is being restricted in the name of social progress the way liberals complain their reproductive rights and freedoms are being restricted!
Recognizing the rights of another class of beings limits our freedoms and our choices and requires a change in our lifestyle – the abolition of (human) slavery is a good example of this.
My gripe with liberals on abortion, therefore, is their continually framing the abortion issue in terms of "choice" rather than discuss the possible rights of the unborn.
The arguments about "choice"  and/or "a woman's right to choose" don't go anywhere, as recognizing the rights of another class of beings limits our freedoms and our choices, and requires a change in our personal lifestyle.
Pro-life feminist Juli Loesch wrote:
"Each woman has the right (to contraception)... But once a woman has conceived, she can no longer choose whether or not to become a mother. Biologically, she is already a mother... the woman's rights are then limited, as every right is limited, by the existence of another human being who also has rights."
There's the expression: "my right to swing my fist through the air ends where the next person's face begins." 
Recognizing the rights of another class of beings limits our freedoms and our choices and requires a change in our lifestyle — the abolition of (human) slavery is a good example of this.
Are whites free to own slaves or lynch blacks?
No! Because of the civil rights movement, we've corrected that injustice.
Is domestic violence tolerated?
No! Because of the women's movement, domestic violence is unacceptable.
Should hate crimes against LGBTs be permitted under the guise of "choice"?
No! LGBTs have rights.
This isn't rocket science, but if animals have rights, then our freedoms and choices to commit crimes against animals are similarly limited.
"Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment," insists People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
As the animal rights movement continues to influence mainstream society, humankind is finally ending millennia of injustices against animals.
A 1964 New Jersey court ruling required a pregnant woman to undergo blood transfusions – even if her religion forbade it – for the sake of her unborn child. One could argue, therefore – apart from religion – that recognizing the rights of the unborn, alongside the rights of blacks, women, LGBTs, children, animals, and the environment, is a sign of social progress.
Animal activists have even proven themselves to be "anti-choice.” A 2003 letter in Veg-News reads:
"I did have some concerns about (the) Veg Psych column which asserted that we must respect a non-vegan's 'right to choose' her/his food. While I would never advocate intolerance (quite the opposite actually), arguing that we have a 'right to choose' when it comes to eating meat, eggs, and dairy is akin to saying we have a 'right to choose' to beat dogs, harass wildlife, and torture cats. Each is a clear example of animal cruelty, whether we're the perpetrators ourselves, or the ones who pay others to commit the violence on our behalf. Clearly, we have the ability to choose to cause animal abuse, but that doesn't translate into a right to make that choice."
Again, recognizing the rights of another class of beings limits our freedoms and our choices, and requires a change in our personal lifestyle.
This point was made clear by pro-life feminist Ginny Desmond Billinger, in an article entitled “Confessions of an Anti-Choice Fanatic,” which originally appeared in the September/October 1982 issue of Minnesota Feminists For Life, and which later appeared in Pro-Life Feminism: Different Voices, in 1985:
“Let’s take a look at just a few of the other issues that I, as an avowed antichoicer, am ready to address:
“Spouse and child beating – here, my position is unhesitatingly anti-choice. My perspective as a spouse, a parent, and a former child qualifies me to support all measures to remove from people the freedom to choose to abuse their family members–even in the privacy of their own homes.
“Drunk driving – Again, anti-choice. I’m afraid I must impose my morality on those who would choose to operate life-threatening machines while influenced by alcohol, and ask them to temporarily abstain from one or the other.
“Gun control – Despite the big-bucks, ‘constitutional rights’ lobbying by the NRA, I remain consistently anti-choice on this issue. The memory of a friend, forces me to reject any justification for handgun ownership without strict regulation.
“Endangered species protection – Faced with a whale-hunter or seal-clubber, I’ll take a hard line anti-choice stand every time.
“Hazardous waste disposal – We’re talking about the rights of corporate America vs. the average Joe here, but my anti-choice position still applies. The right to choose efficient business practices must always be weighed against the public’s right to a safe environment. Ditto for occupational safety and health issues.””
“I expect that these declarations will leave me open to censure; I will no doubt be labeled a heretic. The American principle of personal liberty would surely suffer with the propagation of my anti-choice philosophy…
“So call me what you will: pro-life, anti-choice, fetus-worshiper, anti-abortion. A thousand labels will never alter the certainty that the road to freedom cannot be paved with the sacrificed rights of others.”
Feminists For Life, PO Box 320667, Alexandria, VA 22320
Democrats For Life of America, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, South Building, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004 202.220.3066

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