What Does Being Pro-Life Mean Anyway?
I’ve come to the conclusion that the longer I live the less makes sense to me. You could, I suppose, call that senility and to that I’m saying “Not so fast.”
I’ve been keeping track of the attacks by the US Congress on Women’s Health Issues and on what it is many people believe is happening there. Almost exclusively women who are registered Republican are not looking past the abortion issue. Women who are registered Democrats and in some cases Independent are seeing the issue as a wider health issue by factoring in the use of contraceptives for illnesses like polycystic ovarian disease and endometriosis. Republicans are largely Pro-Life while Democrats are Pro-Choice.
So, the pro-life women are rabidly anti-abortion and yet they are against having insurance companies pay for contraceptives to prevent those abortions. To those women you add the rest of the pro-life people and that’s where it gets interesting. When you take a good long look at them, none of them are really pro-life. They are pro-abstinence.
Being pro-life is more than what happens at birth. It’s what happens to that baby from birth to death. It’s an issue of adequate food, clothing, education, jobs, and largely caring for the welfare of every single human being. Pro-life people only care that women are having sexual intercourse and from that act a pregnancy might occur. They want to make sure that baby is born, and then they don’t give a damn what happens to it.
Pro-life people believe they’re Christians and have the right to interfere with government programs designed to help the less financially well off. They don’t want programs like Food Stamps, Welfare benefits, or Medicaid to exist. They don’t want unions to help the blue collar workers get paid a living wage. That would eliminate the burden on the other 3 programs but they don’t seem to understand that.
Pro-life people are pro-military industrial complex spending, pro-death penalty and anti gun control. From where I sit, it appears that pro-life people are committed to population control. They may force the birth of the baby, but they’re also insuring the means to see to it that an untimely death for some of those babies is in place.
I, and others like me, am Pro-Choice. I am against abortions, I believe they’re wrong except in the circumstances of rape and incest. However, I don’t want to impose my views on any woman faced with making that choice. To that end I want to see contraceptives available to every single woman who wishes to take them for any reason whatsoever.
As a Christian I want programs in place to help anyone who needs that help, whether that person needs food stamps, child care, medical assistance for themselves or their children. I want it to be there. I want to see an end to war. No Mother should have to face the death of a child serving his/her country in the military because someone with enough money to buy Congressmen wants access to more oil. I want each and every child to be able to go to college if they should choose, or to be educated in whatever the career of their choice requires.
I want every person in the US to be able to enter a public building without fear of being gunned down by someone with mental issues and a gun. I want every person to be able to get the medical help they need without fear of bankruptcy.
I am pro-choice, anti abortion as a form of birth control, anti-death penalty, anti-war, pro-gun control. Doesn’t all that make me Pro-Life?