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Monday, February 1, 2010
Planned Parenthood Is The Wrong Target
I find it curious that those who say they are pro-life are not consistent in that regard. If they were really pro-life they would oppose the death penalty [because the innocent are condemned more often than most realize, oppose war [because the innocent are often collateral damage], oppose manufacturers who poison our environment, etc.
Anti-abortion folks have a right to their views, and they have a right to try to convince women to keep fetuses rather than abort them. They also have the duty, having taken that position, to provide the means for taking care of the unwanted children that would otherwise be aborted [although that raises another problem, over population].
Instead of protesting abortion and trying to eliminate abortion rights, the anti-abortion folks, who are largely associated with fundamentalist Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, would do well to create and sponsor orphanages adjoining their churches and then say to women who are pregnant, we will give you an option, we will take your baby, we will take care of your maternity health needs, we will pay the expense of delivery, we will take the baby once it is born and raise it through childhood, we will not come after the father for child support, and we will not burden the community with the unwanted child or its expense. Then they might be taken seriously. That might eliminate the need for some but clearly not all abortions.
But these anti-abortion folks, who have a religious based viewpoint, should not seek to convert their religious views into legal prohibitions. Many of us are not convinced by their religious views and the supporters of abortion rights should not be infringed upon by religious zealots.
Many Christians do not believe that abortion should be outlawed and they support the abortion rights of women. Anti-abortionists must respect the rights of those who disagree with them. Freedom and democracy require it.