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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Pro-Life Hypocrisy

George Orwell wrote in his classic novel, 1984 that governments spin issues so much that “War is Peace” and attributed to that I say Pro-Life is Pro-Death. As debate continues to lure forward about bringing an end to the war in Iraq, I am perplexed to see various stories running through the gauntlet of political debate. The nation just saw various Republican candidates debate and amongst the coverage the issue of abortion took precedence. While political debate ponders towards the issue, I question its relevancy. Political pundits charge that you are either pro-choice or pro-life and lost within that rhetoric humanity is displaced.

Abortion is such a polarizing issue by that it captivates religious values and pinpoints one side against another. I am Pro-choice while at the same time pro-life. I value life and would rather not have the practice of abortion; however the right of a woman’s own individual body shall not be dictated by my beliefs or to that matter the governments. That is the fundamental question. While we see political candidates change their tunes to captivate towards religious view points, we as population should be weary on that issue as grounds of support for a candidate.

The practice of abortion may be immoral but as I see there are even more exasperating practices that deserve attention. Deaths attributed to war, malnourishment of children already born and lack of resources for health care and education are fundamentally deep concerns that should be looked at and whether or not we as a society can afford the responsibilities attributed to the raising of a child.

A bit of irony, President Bush said that he would veto any legislation that “allows taxpayer dollars to be used for the destruction of human life.” A trillion dollar war where hundreds of thousands Iraqi’s have died and over three thousand Americans soldiers have died is a good start to begin. These so called Pro-Life candidates are entrenched in a line of hypocrisy, while they charge to defend the life of the unborn they leave the living to fight amongst themselves. Not including our own military spending in Iraq, the majority of US foreign aid comes in the hands of military supplies. Let’s replace one F-16 fighter plane to Israel with millions of dollars of food and help keep those already living alive.

On the domestic front, millions of children are left undernourished and unable to access quality health care, but somehow when any legislation is brought up the same candidates claim that it is not feasible due to lack of money. The current US economic system is broken and to have politicians pondering to religious debates of the unborn is a distraction from the real problems associated with modern living. While the economics of uncertainty are prevalent in society today, many women can not choose to continue with their pregnancies on the sole basis of affordability. They are at risk of economic despair and given that option, I assume that choice would inevitably lead to abortion. We as a society need to strengthen health care, expand educational opportunities, create viable food sources and stop inhumane wars against humanity in order to foster a healthy environment for new children to enter the world.

As I embark, closer to the day of having my own children, I hope to have the economic security in order to raise a child in a “kinder and gentler world.” While the rates of abortion have been declining, due to further education in regards to birth control, the world and nation are faced with greater pressing issues than a candidate’s support of the divisive abortion issue. Woman have the right to choose within their own bodies but we as a society have a right to raise children in the pursuit of happiness and that requires social and economic justice.

Robb Kidd

"I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard.” Hilary Clinton (as much as I dislike her, her words on this is right on)


At May 22, 2012 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At May 22, 2012 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your arguments totally misrepresent the views that pro-lifers have on abortion.

Pro-lifers, like myself, view abortion as inherently wrong since it involves the destruction of another human life. You proclaim that it is all about a woman's choice over her body, but her choice also involves another body, that is genetically a unique human being.

You also allude to abortion as being morally justified as a form of population control, as if killing can be justified on matters of circumstance. Does that mean African children are less worthy of being born?

"I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion" - yet they have abortions. What a stupid quote.

You even admit abortion is immoral, so develop some moral backbone and stop making feeble excuses for abortion on demand. I've never seen anyone openly argue the merits of a practice they acknowledge as immoral.


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