Not too long ago, I was at a meeting of Democrats when one of them mentioned the habit of some people who are toward the conservative end of the political spectrum to vote a straight Republican ticket is partly because Democrats are pro-abortion. An astute feminist stated that no one is pro-abortion.
Propaganda from the professional conservative talkers is most effective when we let them control the language. And on the issue of abortion, we have. For example, what does pro-life mean?
We must redefine what it means to be pro-life. We must clarify what privacy means. What liberty means. What personal responsibility means.
“I am pro-life,” Wendy Davis recently told a University of Texas at Brownsville crowd. “I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”
“This isn’t about protecting abortion,” Davis explained. “It’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves and empowering them with the tools to do that.”
Senator Davis explains why she stood up for Texas women: “Texas state leaders have again taken up a partisan effort to impose severe restrictions on the ability of women in our state to receive reproductive and other crucial health-care services. I spent nearly 13 hours filibustering this bill. I stood up to filibuster the bill because Texas Republican leaders would rather pursue a partisan agenda than help Texas women. I stood to oppose the bill because it rolled back constitutional rights and would reduce the number of women’s health clinics from 42 to 5, thereby threatening the health and safety of thousands of Texas women.
“I know how important this is because as a young woman, the only health care I received — preventative care, cancer screenings, checkups, etc. — came from a women’s health clinic close to where I live in Fort Worth. Indeed, more than 90 percent of the care provided by these centers has nothing at all to do with abortion. Quite the opposite, their services are absolutely critical to preventing unplanned pregnancies and to providing much-needed health-care screening.”
The issue isn’t abortion. Abortion is not favored by anyone. Ending a pregnancy is a public issue only to the extent that someone’s religion dictates a theocratic governmental policy for personal matters, as with Sharia Law in Iran and now Iraq, which suggests to some that the government, not the individual, should define personal liberty and privacy, and determine this very personal, private decision even in the most difficult of circumstances. In a Democracy, which Democrats believe we still have in this country, privacy rights trump religious dictates, primarily because your religious dictates and my religious dictates differ. Thus the American Revolution, which was in part, we’ve been told, to obtain freedom from religious persecution. Forcing your religious beliefs on others through governmental laws is religious persecution that is not tolerated in this country. Therefore, if you are opposed to abortion, as many of us are, fine, don’t have one.
By the way, the Christian bible says that life begins when the soul enters the body, and that this occurs when you take your first breath, after separating the umbilical cord. A fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.* In fact both the Hebrew and Greek words for soul are synonymous with breath. Even if you dismiss that, Pope Francis warns Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology.+
The language of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is ours.
* Genesis 2:7, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being.”
Job 33:4, -“The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Ezekiel 37:5&6, “Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will come to life.”
Numbers 5:11-22, instructions on how to end a pregnancy that results from adultery.
John 3:1-5, Christ explained to Nicodemus that we have to be born of water (the amniotic fluid of the womb) and born again spiritually. Life begins after birth thru the birth canal and amniotic fluid.
+The anti-choice movement is uninterested in scripture; they are interested in controlling women through a series of un-American, theocratic laws.
B. Rush, April 16, 2014