Farrar has come back with a defence of his icky and outragous ‘satire’ post that proports to be a Green press statement announcing a policy of complusory mass abortions to fight climate change.
If people are seriously going to propose policies such as reducing the national dairy herd by 20%, then they should expect a robust response. To be blunt their policies and claims do not get enough scrutiny as it is, so I don’t regret for one second that post.
Sorry, but in what world is writing a post that pretends to be a Green policy calling for massive compulsory abortions scrutiny of the Greens’ actual policies? What the Greens are proposing is not horrific, it is not ‘shooting all the wee cows’, it is simply breeding fewer cattle to get greater profits per unit and lower emissions. Even if it were a policy of culling livestock and Farrar was trying to say that’s morally wrong, that’s simply not on the same planet as involuntary abortion.
And for those who get all yucky because it mentioned abortion, I’ll point out this post by a Labour MP basically stating John Key is responsible for increased abortions due to the folic acid in bread decision. And that was a serious post, not even satire.
OK. Just because Farrar’s use of abortion in a post was wrong does not mean it is always wrong – just like you driving dangerously does not mean that all drivers always drive dangerously. That said, it was a weak and unnecessary angle for Trev to take even though he’s right that most cases of spina bifida detected during pregnancy lead to that pregnancy being aborted. Folic acid in bread would mean fewer cases of spina bifida, so fewer of these abortions. His comments, based in fact if hyperbolic, are nothing compared to the frankly gut-churning extreme that Farrar went to and has chosen not to resile from. His post didn’t ‘mention abortion’, it used abortion as a punchline.
The post was not meant to be funny
Admit that your post was what is was, David, an ugly, brutal attack on the Greens, environmentalism, and abortion. It was a dog-whistle too far. That you lack either the shame or insight to see that speaks volumes.