Friday, June 08, 2007

Why Does Suicide Matter if Abortion Doesn't?

This post is also available in Japanese.

I'm puzzled as to why the secular media is running this story showing concern for the suicide rate in Japan (in particular). Why would the government of Japan, the media or any other secular source care if the suicide rate is high? After all - it's their body right? Who are you to inflict your morality on them? If we care for mere economic / social reasons - then surely the same must be said for abortion. Why is suicide bad for the economy or society but abortion isn't?

This story shows the suicides in Japan topped 30,000 again last year (for the ninth straight year). In 2001 though, the legal abortions in the same country topped 340,000! So we have ruled out the "it's my body" argument - obviously the secular world doesn't care about whose body it is - why are they concerned with suicide and not with murder?

According to the article here are some suicide rates per 100,000 people (notice the more 'religious' the country, the less suicide - but hey, maybe there's no causal relationship right?):

Russia: 39.4
Japan: 24.1
France: 18.4
USA: 10.4

3 comments:

Carolina Cannonball said...

good point

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, then whose choice is it to take one's own life? Don't tell me of a non-existent idea such as God, okay?

Tim A. Troutman said...

Anon: You'd do well to understand an opponents point before proving to everyone who did understand it that you don't by responding like you just did.

You don't want to believe in God? That's your business. Just don't be surprised when you come to a Catholic blog and find people speaking as if He really did exist.