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Debating the “Accidental” Pregnancy

Our birthdays (or the anniversaries of our births, as written previously) come around once a year. My parents planned for my birth, but I’ve heard people talk about how they or their children were “accidents” or “happy little accidents.”

I argue that, despite the definition of accident and accidental, there really is no such thing as an “accidental pregnancy.”

The sperm meets the egg and fertilizes it. That’s no accident. If it was, we weren’t be here now.

Accident has six definitions. The first: “an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance.” My take: If you can’t foresee a sperm and egg meeting, then  you don’t understand the concept of sexual reproduction.

The second definition: “lack of intention or necessity; chance.” My take: Sexual reproduction is a necessity and is not left to chance. If it was, we as a race would have died out eons ago.

Definition 4: “an unexpected happening causing loss or injury which is not due to any fault or misconduct on the part of the person injured but for which legal relief may be sought.” My take: This might sound like it doesn’t apply, but think of  it as a paternity test, which is no accident.

The fifth definition: “a nonessential property or quality of an entity or circumstance.” I don’t see how this applies.

Accidental has three definitions: “incidental,” “occurring unexpectedly or by chance” and “happening without intent or through carelessness and often with unfortunate results.” You could argue that the second and third definitions work, but I repeat: it’s not by chance that the sperm and egg meet. Nor does it happen without intent:  reproduction is intentional.

This leaves the third definition of accident: “an unfortunate event resulting from carelessness or ignorance.” People really are that ignorant about sperm-meets-egg outcomes. They don’t think this sexual congress will cause a pregnancy.

But it’s like I’ve said: It’s no accident: The sperm and egg are supposed to meet. It would be an accident if they met and nothing happened, or if they didn’t meet.

So, enjoy the birthday and the many anniversaries of it.

Until next time! Use the right words!



August 14, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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