You're asking if having sex (naughty, naughty women!), becoming pregnant (if they didn't want to get pregnant, their bodies would have taken care of it!), having a child (see previous), and dumping them at an adoption agency (to be raised by the hardworking taxpayers of the world) will make someone a social pariah? Nah... I'm sure it won't.
I seem to recall reading that the Spartans allowed infanticide up to a year after birth, if the baby was physically deformed. They would generally leave the baby on the rocks by the shore where it would get swept out to sea. I have to wonder if there were societal pressures in this regard. How deformed would it have to be? Would mothers (and/or fathers) be shamed by leaving a specimen that was simply not perfect?
What does it take to become a social pariah? Today, there is no scarlet A, but there are "forced birthers" (I like that term) that crowd a clinic and verbally harass even those who are only there for a pap smear.
I also seem to recall that someone mentioned the idea (earlier in this thread) that there could be a good argument for eliminating certain teenagers, since their brains are not fully formed. I am prepared to make this argument, but I have my doubts that anyone would take it seriously.
I went through adolescence some years ago, and there may have been people that wanted to kill me, but I survived and apparently, most of you did too. But so how far could we take it? Is anyone up for a discussion of the pros/cons of whether to allow termination of life after birth and where to draw the lines regarding age/risk/species? When does it become socially acceptable to flush the baby alligator that has gotten too big?
If religion were eliminated from the face of the earth, could science and public policy justify infanticide for some time period after birth? Medical ethicists could have a field day...
I think this is why the U.S. Supreme Court came up with the trimester idea. As I understand the Roe v. Wade
decision, in the first trimester, all abortions are the choice of the mother. In the last trimester, all abortions are forbidden (except possibly when there are extenuating circumstances), and the middle trimester is reserved to the states to regulate.
Unfortunately, religious fundamentalists are not satisfied with this middle ground. They want to eliminate all abortions, for any reason. (Which is why I like the term "forced birther". Some people have no compassion for the teenager who made a choice that was incomprehensible to them, so they discount its value. Yo, forced birthers, ever done anything you regretted later?)
Of course, not everyone is religious fundamentalist. There are those musteline Xians who want to interpret. Let's call the ones who will allow for abortion in cases of rape/incest/health in the first or second trimester "pro-life". They only force birth when they judge the woman to be unchaste.
I want to suggest that "pro-choice" believers have an opportunity to weigh in on the idea that the choice could be made after she sees what comes out.
When is it OK to eliminate a downs child? From all I have seen, the people born with downs syndrome are the most beautiful perfect people on the planet, with no cynicism or judgmentalness. Would that everybody were like them. I think it is a bummer that they live shorter lives than the rest of us.
But not all of us are Sarah Palin.
What I mean is that not everybody has the capability to raise a child with special needs.
Half the people in the United States today have an IQ of 100 or below.
And not all kids get parents. I would have a lot more sympathy for the so-called "pro-life" movement if there were not children abandoned to orphanages and foster homes. Forcing birth seems to me to be a cardinal sin (One Above All: could you include that in your liturgy?) against nature if nothing else because not all persons are going to survive, and the best human born to unavailable parents is not going to improve the human race (forgive me as I get Darwinistic) as much as a supposedly lesser human born to parents that care about his/her survival (whether the parents be homosexual, Muslim, or (god forbid) atheist).
So can we debate whether there is a point at which infanticide makes sense?