There has been a frenzy of discussion over the last few days regarding the issue of talk show host Chrissie Swan, being photographed smoking while pregnant. It was covered in the Sunday Papers, talk back radio has been a buzz with the debate and even on 2DayFM the issue is being discussed. And then of course there is Social Media.
Predictably the haters on Social Media has been so vile, so agressive, so personal in their attacks that Swan has had to delete her twitter account. Now I am no great fan of Swan and I am certainly not defending someone who smokes during pregnancy – but my observation is that the passion of this debate is sadly misplaced. People are up in arms, I assume, because they fear for the safety of the baby. An honourable enough endeavor. Yet are these the same people who say that a woman has the right to choose to abort her baby. If Swan was to come out this week and say that she has aborted her baby because of lifestyle choices, would there be the same uproar. Or would the masses suddenly fall silent, nodding approvingly and championing how enlightened we are as a society to give women the right to choose whether they carry a pregnancy to full term.
This post is not so much an anti abortion post as it is an observation on the passionate hypcrosity that has now infected our society. We passionately major on minors and then turn a blind eye to the things that we should be standing up for and not being silent on. M68.