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In so many instances an American’s political allegiance boils down to his or her opinions on abortion. It makes a certain sense for someone who feels strongly enough about a single issue to be attracted to the political party which shares that view. A darker corollary is proving increasingly true: more people than ever seem to modify their beliefs on the so-called sanctity of life based on the political party to which they are affiliated.
The foes of legal abortion tend to be Republicans, while those who favor at least some access to abortions align themselves with the Democrats. The former call themselves pro-life, and the latter pro-choice. The pro-life and pro-choice movements have tags for one another as well, pro-abortion and anti-choice.
That’s quite a bit of name-calling between two groups who, based upon their core tenets, are both pretty hypocritical. The names these groups give to themselves show how they would like to be perceived as champions of life or of a woman’s freedom to choose her destiny. In the same spirit, both groups labor diligently to portray themselves as champions against an unspeakable evil. However, upon closer examination, it seems that both sides tend to go a little fuzzy when it comes to ideological consistency.
The most zealous among the Pro-Choice movement do not consider a fetus to be human until it is viable outside the womb, typically late in the third trimester. This despite the many instances of children born as early as five months who, thanks to advances in technology grow up to lead happy and productive lives.
These people regard embryonic humans as commodities, and have no issues whatsoever mortgaging the lives of children today to serve the hypothetical children of tomorrow. In contrast to this antiseptic callousness is the heated ruthlessness with which the choicers pursue their aims, having no shame in attributing sinister motives to anyone not in lockstep with their vision of a D&C as contraception. So if Michael J. Fox dies from Parkinson’s, I guess that’s just God’s will, huh?
However, when the death penalty is mentioned, the bulk of the Pro-Choicers are aghast: The state doesn’t have the right to kill anyone!, they breathlessly intone. Human life isn’t something to simply be thrown away!
Pro-Life groups, on the other hand, venerate the fetus. They make no distinction between aborted and unaborted fetuses, and in fact feature ghastly images of aborted fetuses on everything from protest signs to their dinnerware. In their mission to save a billion lives of the yet-unborn, they see nothing wrong in terrifying and humiliating the young women who, sometimes in the direst circumstances, find their way to a clinic. Moreover, the more lunatic among them see nothing ironic in blowing up clinics, killing doctors or various other terroristic acts in an effort to show how much God values human life.
However, the Pro-Life view of the death penalty harkens back to the Old Testament’s call for An eye for an eye. On this issue, it seems, theirs is a God of vengeance and retribution.
One thing which quickly becomes clear is that while both the Pro-Life movement and the Pro-Choice movement would like very much to believe that their politics stem from a clear and delineated moral code, it just isn’t so.
Both of these self-righteous influence gangs will continue to wrap themselves in terms like Choice and Life, words which their own one-sided agendas have rendered meaningless. Instead of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice, why don’t we call these hypocrites what they really are?: Pro Semi-Life and Semi Pro-Life.
The most effective way to decrease the number of abortions is to decrease unwanted pregnancies. If both sides fought for that goal, they wouldn’t have to battle each other. And we wouldn’t have to look at signs sporting pubic hair forests…
That’s very true. I find the moral certainty with which some people are “blessed” at best unproductive, and at worst, scary. I do believe that every human being should try to reach their own opinions from the compass of a moral code that has been carefully examined. As I said in my previous comment to Jester Who-ver, we humans are unique in that we can analyze our own behavior, and think about why we do things. Although I’m not always successful, and do have the ability to lie to myself or at the very least obfuscate from time to time, I try to subject myself to such an analysis on a frequent basis. I often find that I’m dead wrong about something, or that I’m acting like an ass. Not to sound my own trumpet, because as I said, I often am a complete ass, but I wish more people would use the resource of self-examination.
And because I was being serious, I didn’t even attempt to make light of the two potential masturbation euphemisms in that last sentence. I can be a grown-up, too–I just didn’t want anyone to think that I’d missed them, that’s all.
Yes, your readers would be disappointed in you if you let double entendres slip by without mention… But I agree with you–self-examination is sorely lacking in this world.
Jester Who-ver said:
Well said, hypocrisy runs rampant! Humans aren’t the only animals that abort. We’re just the only ones that think we’re somehow better than the rest. Or maybe the only ones that think at all? Perhaps that’s where the trouble starts…
I think at least part of the problem, is that we’re the only creatures (insofar as I’m aware) who are not only able to think, but able to think about THE WAY we think. Sadly, we so often don’t.
Thanks for the insightful comment, Jester!
Jester Who-ver said:
Good point. It is interesting to me that we have the ability to understand flawed perceptions, yet most do nothing about them. Your welcome, and likewise to your insightful reply!
Ah, Pro-Life. The only way of thinking that would actually work better as the title of a suicide hotline. Or possibly a very strange fetish, I haven’t decided.
That’s why I don’t really blame a person if he turns to apathy what with all the world and its hypocrites.
We’ve become pretty comfortable in our hypocrisy, really.