If science does indeed make it possible to scan a psychopath accurately in the mother’s womb using fetal genetic testing, will it then be wise to bring that child into the world?
This last question in my previous article got me wondering and emotionally confused. If you knew your child would be born a psychopath, would you abort them to save humanity from another possible Ted Bundy? Or, would you instead leave it in the hands of destiny?
What Is It Like to Be a Psychopath?
In general, psychopathy is considered as a personality disorder. However, most common people, if not all, tend to regard them as vile creatures who show absolutely no remorse or guilt for their gruesome acts. And, for me, calling them monsters or inhuman would still be an understatement. Honestly, you can’t expect me to empathize with someone who doesn’t even have one trace of humanity in them.
And, if you think I am exaggerating, here are some chilling statements that will make you think twice before having any emotional thoughts and feelings for these nasty pieces of work:
“What I truly wished was to eat her living flesh. To this day, I still think, ‘If only she had let me taste her, just a little bit…” – Issei Sagawa
“I remember there was actually a sexual thrill…you hear that little pop and pull their heads off and hold their heads up by the hair. Whipping their heads off, their body sitting there. That’d got me so excited.”– Edmund Kemper
“You feel that last bit of breath leaving the body. You are looking into their eyes and in that situation, you feel like God.”– Ted Bundy
“First I stripped her naked. How she did kick – bite and scratch. I choked her to death then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms, cook and eat it. How sweet and tender her little deriere was roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body.” –Albert Fish
I went ballistic over these statements and if it were up to me, I would say there should not be any redemption for these people. But, can I really go to the extent of saying that these people should not even be brought into the world?
Genetic Predisposition and Psychopathy
As discussed in the previous post, there exists a specific genetic predisposition that can create a psychopath, although that’s still not genuinely proven. Extra chromosomes and a “killer gene” (that is, the MAOA gene) are factors that can most likely contribute to psychopathic behaviour.
Currently, in our so-called highly advanced era, scientists still don’t have the means of effectively identifying a psychopath in the womb. However, imagine a time comes when we are able to uncover such things. Imagine you know beforehand that your child is going to be a psychopath, would you abort them or rather give them a chance to live?
Abortion and Psychopathy
Taboo or not, according to statistics, there are approximately 40-50 million abortions per year. And, however sad and morally wrong it is of killing an innocent human being (yes, no point in denying the fact that killing is the synonym of aborting), people are still opting for this cruel method.
Now, if you think people choose abortion based on prenatal genetic screening that shows genetic abnormalities, then you are so wrong. Instead, it is indicated that only 1 in every 150 babies can have a chromosomal abnormality. So, the real reasons why people opt for an abortion will surely flabbergast most of you, as they are:
Not financially prepared – 40 %
Bad timing, not ready, or unplanned – 36 %
Partner-related reasons (including the relationship is bad or new, she doesn’t want to be a single mother) – 31 %
Not emotionally or mentally prepared – 19%
Not independent or mature enough for a baby – 7%
Influences from family or friends – 5%
If people can terminate their pregnancies for such absurd reasons, you tell me, wouldn’t it be sane and wise to abort a child who’s just going to be a deranged and creepy psychopath?
But, since we’ve come to this point, let me ask you, is abortion any different from psychopathy?
What kept me rethinking is that fine line that seems to lie between abortion and psychopathy. If psychopaths are dark identities shrouded by their human appearance, who are incapable of feeling any remorse for their torturous acts, what about people who, without any empathy (or love), kill their child even before they are born. Do you see any difference? What I can see is people taking the decision of life and death into their hands when they are not supposed to.
Once again, another revelation that came fast and furious was whether abortion is the right way to untangle psychopathy?
Psychopaths are people without any emotions. They might hurt you without giving a care about you. And, that’s why monsters are born out of them and why we hate them so much. But, when you are considering aborting a psychopath somewhere, aren’t you also showing that same lack of empathy and humanity? Do you really think some kind of poetic justice or salvation can be attained even when you are killing a psychopath in the womb?
Psychopaths don’t have feelings. Actually, they were never even born with them. But you have. And, the choice that you make is what separates you from a manipulative psychopath.
As unexpected as it was for me, too, the flow changed direction and now it seems that abortion is not an ethical choice. However, here comes another question: if indeed a child with psychopathic genes is brought into the world, could that possession of that gene dictate his life? Or, can one go against one’s biological traits?