Lately, I’ve seen a lot of politically conservative friends of mine embracing Ayn Rand. They’re posting pictures of themselves reading The Fountainhead, adding her to their list of “inspirational people” on Facebook, and posting quotes from Atlas Shrugged. I wasn’t going to comment on any of that, except one of them also has Ayn Rand on their heroes list next to a famous “pro life” advocate, and in one case, added Ayn Rand quotes to their profile right under a bunch of pro-life claptrap quotations.
So I’ve decided to clear up any misconceptions about Ayn Rand’s personal views regarding choice and reproductive freedom, for the sake of the truth. I don’t have much regard for Ayn Rand or her works, but I am not about to let the poor woman continue to be treated as an idol by people whom she would have considered to be the scum of the earth, so, courtesy of the Ayn Rand lexicon, here are a few of her quotes on the subject:
“An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).
Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?”
If any among you are confused or taken in by the argument that the cells of an embryo are living human cells, remember that so are all the cells of your body, including the cells of your skin, your tonsils, or your ruptured appendix—and that cutting them is murder, according to the notions of that proposed law. Remember also that a potentiality is not the equivalent of an actuality—and that a human being’s life begins at birth.
So, essentially, what I am saying is, you’d better find a new idol, pro-life conservative Christians, because Ms. Rand would have spat on you. I’m not even going to detail her opinions on organized religion, you can look them up yourself. Leave that poor Atheist Jewish pro-choice woman alone in the grave.