Archive for April, 2011

Abortion is not about Sanctity of Life

April 19, 2011

Like others who support Planned Parenthood, I am pro-life. I am pro-all life, even if it breathes. Thirty-three countries (including Cuba, China, El Salvador) hold life more sacred than America does. At least they have a lower infant mortality rate. Twenty-eight nations don’t believe a woman loses the sacredness of her life or her right to private property if she becomes pregnant. They have a lower maternal death rate. Yet, House Republicans want to cut funding for Women, Infants, and Children nutrition assistance program; Hunger Free Communities Grants, the Global Health and Child Survival Account, assuring that even more babies and mothers  will die. No honest person dare call that “pro-life.”

It’s not even pro-selected life. American fetuses soak in chemicals, including mercury, according to the Environmental Working Group. Of the 287 chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. In 2005, a Government Accountability Office report said the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the powers it needs to fully regulate toxic chemicals. (Reuters, 7/14/05) House Republicans want to reduce the funding and power of the EPA, assuring more stillbirths, more dead infants, more birth defects.

It’s not anti-abortion either. Republican House speaker, John Boehner, has identified limiting women’s access to abortion and contraception as a “top priority.” That’s like the popular but well-known folly of starting wars and cutting taxes. Limiting access to contraception increases abortions. The Guttmacher Institute, a leading authority on reproductive health, says cuts in family planning for low-income women will result in some 400,000 more abortions a year. In France, where abortion is covered by universal health insurance, there are 20% fewer abortions per capita than in the U.S. Is that because they’re the “Christian” nation?

The war on women and children doesn’t end there. Republicans in Congress tried to narrow the legal definition of rape, giving aid and comfort to pedophile priests and others who prey on women and children. Nebraska State Sen. Mark Christensen (R) introduced a bill to make killing an abortion doctor justified homicide. For some “pro-life” means pro-murder.

I haven’t heard a single “pro-life” spokesperson or Republican politician call for measures to protect pregnant women, embryos and fetuses in Iraq or Afghanistan. Maybe that’s because they know that when God commanded warriors to destroy a nation, pregnant women, embryos, fetuses weren’t spared. (Deut.20:16)

In Texas, Republicans are trying to cut family planning by more than $52 million, which will cost taxpayers over $250 million in long-term Medicaid costs. Abortion: it’s not about the money.

What do they want? They appear to dream of the power of Southern slave owners to require procreation. Birth on demand. Our own “Sharia” law against women.