Idaho Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban To Save Beethoven’s Life

Did you know that Ludwig Von Beethoven was diagnosed with a fetal condition that made him incompatible with life, but his mother had faith and refused to abort him even though doctors told her too, and then he became a great composer?

No?  Well, it must be true, after all, lawmakers in Idaho used him as an example of why abortion should never be allowed after 20 weeks.

Via The Spokesman Recorder:

SB 1165, to ban abortion after 20 weeks on grounds of fetal pain, has passed the House on a 54-14 vote and now goes to the governor’s desk. The bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, shared several stories of people who bore their children rather than having abortions, despite difficult circumstances including illness. If they hadn’t, he said at the conclusion of one of the stories, “America would not have been blessed with Beethoven.” Crane told the House that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”

Needless to say, I had to google this tidbit.  Turns out YOU KILLED BEETHOVEN!! is on of the few anti-choice memes I hadn’t run across yet.  It goes a little something like this:

I will close this chapter by quoting a well known lecturer in medical schools. He “asked one of his classes what they would recommend in the following case:

“The father had syphillus.

“The mother had TB.

“They had four children already.

“One was blind.

“One was born dead.

“One was a deaf mute.

“One had TB.

“The mother was pregnant with her fifth child.

“Almost without exception, the medical students indicated that they would recommend abortion.

“The lecturer then stated, ‘Congratulations! You have just killed BEETHOVEN!'”

This is what our public policy debates have now become.

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  • elburto

    America, blessed with Beethoven? I had not realised Beethoven was American. I guess my european commienazi education had me duped. Is Ludwig a common name in the US?

  • drf

    I am more concerned that “syphilis” is misspelled.

  • arekushieru

    Get over yourself, then.

  • beenthere72

    Ok, I had to google it too, turns out it’s on Snopes!



    Even if we take this example at face value, its message is still problematic. If the woman in the example had been advised to abort her pregnancy based on the (mis)information supplied here, the world would never have known the magic of Beethoven's music.  But maybe a different woman who did opt to terminate her pregnancy might have spared the world another Stalin or Hitler.  This is the sort of speculative "What if?" game that neither side can win, so it's best not to play at all.
  • joan

    Might the medical students have “recommended” abortion because the mother  had TB and her health was compromised? might they have been thinking more of her health than risk to the baby? Even so, I’m not sure the medical students or physician should recommend anything. They should put forth the options, risks, and possible consequences and let the woman decide. I fear for the women of Idaho who will have to leave the state to have their informed decisions respected.