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Re: “The hypocrisy of the American pro-life movement

Everyone on the left slings arrows that say the other side is hypocritical. Everyone on the right says the left is hypocritical.

It is both! Obviously. And it confuses me.

I find myself on the left with most issues. The environment, the war, the poor. But I have always been decidedly pro-life.

I too find it odd that my super-Christian mother is so quick to defend the war, and almost any other America has every fought, but cries over the deaths of the unborn (as do I). I think for her and for many she wants desperately to believe in America and in Christianity (which our government shamelessly abuses as a political tactic- I think this is terrible even though it is not my belief system) and somehow the two have become oft synonymous in her mind. We are doing this for the right reasons she thinks, otherwise the whole world would collapse and many more innocent would die. I also think she is in denial about how many innocent actually do die. It would just be too hard to accept the consequences otherwise.

This is one group. As for the others on the right, I think for many it is politically convenient as the article states. Cry christian love for the unborn but defend killing of foreign kids in the same breath. For some it is denial, for others, far more suspicious.

Likewise, with the my friends that are very on the left I often wonder how we can share the value of all life, that of citizens of other countries, that of animals, and of the very earth, and still how they can deny the very idea that a little baby inside it's mothers womb is also sacred. I think, again, sometimes it is a case of denial. Maybe at some point in their lives they had an abortion and it was terrible and emotional and they have to assume that before a baby is born it is just a ball of meaningless nothing in order for their own conscience to survive. I feel sad for these women that when they get pregnant with a baby that they intend to keep, I am sure they will see this is not the case and feel grief. Maybe they just knew someone who had an abortion. It's a hard one, I'll grant you, because it involves a woman's body. It is very hard to police what happens in a woman's body. I feel sad for the dad's that have no say in what happens to their unborn children but how can you say a woman's husband (or even a stranger) gets to lord over her body? Or her parents even? In many cases the man or parents might be capable of violence toward the woman and thus the baby. However, that abortion has become a form of birth control in our country, women having multiple abortions with no regard, sickens and deeply saddens me. Legally, it is a hard thing to have to deal with and I don't know the answer. I think it should be a harder decision to make and require much more education, at the very least. It's easy for us to get up in arms about something that concerns women's rights, because we understandably don't want to go backwards. I believe there is also such a thing as a right to life, for everyone, animals and unborn babies included.

Also, in the same vein as what I said about the pro-lifers, some pro-choicers do it because it is what their party dictates.

For some reason (and I believe this is corroborated by the comments here) it is hard for either side to step outside of their bubble of righteousness and see that there are two sides. Maybe because if you accept that some wrong and perhaps horrible things are being done in the name of your beliefs and opinion, you get a stabbing pang of guilt and responsibility, as often I do. I referred previously to both the atrocities that occur at war and little babies that often die in a cruel and inhumane way, never getting their chance at life.

Even if the article did lean heavily to one side I am glad it mentions the other point of view.

Life is sacred, to everyone and everything. This is at the core of both arguments, yet somehow everyone has trouble transferring the ideal to another situation.

Posted by BellaRpse on February 5, 2009 at 3:24 AM
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