Sunday, October 30, 2011

Are Your Really Pro Life?

Cheers to all those who recently participated in the nationwide "chain of life" event held recently along the streets of downtown Gainesville, Georgia
To me, abortion is a tragic mistake and a national scandal. Unfortunately, however, I find a deep inconsistency in most people's thinking about "pro life" and "pro choice" issues. Here's why.
Abortion is clearly a "life ending" event. So is any type of birth control, which simply moves the "life ending" event further back in time. In the same way, moving forward in time, any failure to provide adequate food, shelter, education or healthcare to children simply moves the "life ending" event further into the future. All of these events obviously reflect a culture of death and selfishness rather than a culture of life.
To be truly "pro life" is to be pro all the things required for children to be born and then raised in a healthy environment.

I find it strangely inconsistent to be "pro life" when it comes to abortion, but "pro choice" when it comes to healthcare and other social safety nets, especially those needed by children.
I find it equally inconsistent to be "pro choice" regarding abortion, but "pro life" regarding healthcare and other social safety nets.
And to further confuse the issue, how can "pro-life" be pro death penalty? war? deportation of immigrant children? survival of the fittest? And both sides seem to want government involved in some issues but not others. 
For example, many Christians will argue they are for social safety nets; they just don’t want government to provide them. Yet, they do want government to stop abortion, allow formal prayer in school, fund wars, carry out executions and protect their own private healthcare.
Most politicians are no better. They’re just reading the latest polls and supporting whatever the majority want at the moment so they can get re-elected. Don’t expect consistency there…or real leadership.
Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems to me we are mostly just pro "my life" and pro "my choice", with a few exceptions to make us feel better.
Again, I stand with those who stand against abortion. I just pray "pro-life” will one day expand beyond the womb. Quickly aborting a life in the womb or slowly aborting a slightly older life on the poor side of town or in another country is equally tragic.

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