In a previous post, Erick addressed the issue of abortion, particularly in regards to this AJC story, and the fact that GRTL has endorsed Bill Stephens because Karen Handel violated what Baxter/Galloway called the “one-exception mandate.”
I started to comment on that post, but wanted to put my comments on the front page, because this is an issue that hits close to home for me personally, and it has been on my mind for some time now. I typically shy away from this issue, because I have basically come to the conclusion that the issue is not adequately understood, in addition to the fact that fear admittedly plays a role, because I fear I will get labeled an extremist or radical.
I have decided not to answer that claim, if in fact it is made, except to say that I am not a radical – I just vote (and support leaders) based on morals, ethics, and the Good Teachings about which I have been taught. If you claim that that makes me a radical, then by all means, yell away, but forgive me for thinking that is quality criteria, on which the founding fathers also sympathized.
I have had people tell me, since I am a male, I don’t have the right to restrict women from doing what they want with their bodies, but that is just putting another kind of litmus test on this issue. Perhaps I don’t have the right to tell women what they should do with their bodies, but I would also argue that restricting what they do with their bodies is acceptable when it comes to preserving a human life. The law restricts me from driving drunk, with the goal of preserving innocent life. I have also been told by pro-abortion supporters that unborn babies, by definition, are simply parasites on the mother until birth, and that is just not what I was taught (in biology or church), nor is it accurate.
The abortion issue has been politicized more than any other issue out there. Erick is correct that there has been a litmus test placed on this issue, but that isn’t the problem. The issue is that politicians have placed caveats on abortion, in order to remain politicians. The bottom line: if you support life of the baby, then you are pro-life. If you believe there is ANY legitimate reasoning in aborting a baby, whether you consider it a fetus or a living human (or parasite), then that is not pro-life.
Erick said this:
“””I could never look into the eyes of a loved one and tell her she must be forcibly reminded for nine months that she was raped””” and I take issue with my friend on that comment.
What about looking into the eyes of the child and telling them they aren’t worth saving as much? Is it easier b/c we don’t have to look them in the eye and say that? That’s like saying the baby was worth it when it was the parent’s fault, but when it was someone else’s fault, all the sudden, the baby wasn’t worth saving.
Is it politically smart to make abortion a key issue? Probably not in today’s political environment. Does it win you any points with our increasingly uneducated college students in our growing liberal institutions? Most likely, no. Will you likely be the brunt of thousands of sweaty, screaming NARAL supporters on the Mall standing with Susan Sarandon and Janine Garofalo? Very likely.
But, for goodness sakes, stand for what you believe and what is right, whether it is political, personal, religious, moral, etc. It doesn’t make you a radical … it just gives you integrity.
And one final note, I am typically not a supporter of Georgia Right To Life, except for the fact that we stand side-by-side on the issue of protecting ALL human life. I do not agree with a lot of their politics. Going further, for those real extremists who believe murdering and destruction as a means of punishment for those who support or perform abortions is appropriate, they are not only wrong and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent, but they also place signficant damage on the pro-life movement. It is people with that kind of wrong mentality who are the parasites on those who really stand to protect life, in addition to being a true menace to our society.
If you have an opinion on abortion, then it is inevitably a sensitive issue for you, and I realize the original post perhaps was not meant to strike debate about the philosophy, theology, and biology behind abortion. Nevertheless, it is important, and that is where I am taking the debate; and as usual, if that makes some of you mad, then so be it.