Pro-Life Or Something Else?
I used to quip sometimes that I thought many – - – perhaps even “most” – - so-called “Pro-Lifers”may actually be better described as “Pro-Fetus.”
As I was skimming through the “Being Liberal Fan Page” on Facebook, I came across a couple of things that I thought were interesting and that – - in my view – - might even serve to support my strictly personal definition as just mentioned above.
The short article I ran across on Facebook suggests that there are 104,000 children waiting to be adopted in The United States at the present time – - – that’s 104,000!
The article continued on to suggest that the number of people in The United States who claim to be “Pro-Life” is approximately 157 million.
The summation of the argument being made by that article seemed to me to be contained in the idea that if those who claim to be “Pro-Life” – - or – - “Anti-Choice” – - are so all -fired hot on protecting the unborn and making sure they get safely into this world then why are there so damned many unwanted children waiting for someone to love them enough to adopt them and give them families of their own?
I thought it was quite a point that somebody was trying to make with those figures and with that question.
Someone else asked the question, “Why is it that the “Pro-Life” crowd works so hard to try to save the unborn and to deny women their rights to their own bodies but still seem to want nothing at all to do with all those children once they are born?”
Some of the commenters who were discussing this article that I was reading were questioning the math used in presenting the case but even with the possibility that some of the numbers might have been a little “Off” I am still interested in knowing why the Right Wingers who push “Anti-Abortion Laws” so heavily don’t really seem to me to have any solutions about what to do with all the children they protect.
I had one such Rightie inform me – - in no uncertain terms – - “It isn’t the responsibility of the taxpayer to raise all the kids – - that is an individual responsibility!”
I have to admit the Rightie’s argument makes sense to me but then I have to ask the question, “So how is it and why is it that so many Right Wing law makers and legislators feel they have some kind of inherent right to dictate what can and cannot be done in the bedroom and what women can and cannot do concerning their personal preventative health care measures?”
Then another question popped into my head – - – ” Why does it seem to me that whenever some anti-abortion measure is passed into law it is always “Men” who have controlled the situation – - and why aren’t there ever any “Women” involved in formulating these laws and getting them passed?”
Am I missing something here or have I made an error in analysis?
On yet another point: ”If the Pro-Lifers are so damned “Pro-Life” as they claim to be much of the time why do so many of them also vigorously support the death penalty for crimes?”
I think I might have one reasonable idea about why the Pro-Lifers are not adopting more unwanted children: I think it is because they want to be big and important and powerful and force everybody else to bear the burdens but they, themselves don’t want any of the responsibility for addressing the larger issue.
This would satisfy my inner feeling that far too many Conservative Right Wing types operate from the standpoint of an almost totally selfish and self-serving ideological agenda.
Finally let me suggest another personal opinion of mine: ”If the Pro-Life” Crowd was serious about their concerns for the unborn, don’t you think they might be less likely to fight to de-fund, disenfranchise and destroy the social entitlement programs – - those “Public Assistance” measures designed to give a hand up to the poor and the disadvantaged in this country – - – programs that often address the very critical needs of some great number of needy kids?
The whole question sure is interesting to me and I constantly watch and listen to all the bickering and growling and fighting that goes on between both sides of this hot button issue – - but I am wondering if it ever will be resolved in any sensible and perhaps final way in The United States?
What do YOU think?
Posted by John on 8/9/2013
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