No, I’m not “pro-abortion”… but this article encapsulates what I believe about the so-called “pro-life” movement. I find most “pro-lifers” hypocrites and poseurs. They vote AGAINST all forms of state social welfare and then vote to criminalise those who “fall between the cracks”. They blame the victims. I find that un-Christian and without defence. If you “march for life”, you should also march for single-payer healthcare, a strong pension system, and a generous unemployment/welfare scheme… if not, you’re a liar and a scoundrel, and I’ll call you such to your face.
To those participating in the March For Life:
First of all, good for you. Raise your voices, express your concerns, gather, make signs, do your thing. I won’t call you names. I respect your right to do this, and I respect your conviction. Second, be clear with your cause. You don’t march for life. You march for the birth of a foetus. Think about this:
At what age does this life stop mattering to you?
When it’s in the womb, you cry for it, you fight for it, you empathise with it, and you march for it. When it becomes one month old, you hope the mother supports it, feeds it, and nurtures it. However, you don’t support the mother in this endeavour. You think she should “work hard”, “pull herself up by the bootstraps”, and get by on her $7.25/hr minimum wage job. You vote for those who block legislation to protect its mother from violence, from making the same wage as men, from getting basic healthcare, from getting food stamps and support to care for it.
When it becomes 6 years old, you hope there’s a public school around to teach it. Nevertheless, you vote for those who don’t want to fund public schools. You vote for those who believe our schools are “flushed with cash” yet somehow failing. The wealthier kids that live by it are able to go to different schools, but this foetus is stuck at an overcrowded and underfunded public school, so it falls behind in reading and math. You feel bad for it, but you don’t march for it. You mostly blame its single mother for not doing more to be involved in its schooling. “She should do homework with it. She should read to it more. Maybe she should get it a tutor”. Nonetheless, she works two jobs but she’s barely getting by.
Now, it’s 14 years old. It just had its first experience with a boy. It’s not sure if it was safe with this boy and it thinks it needs to go see a doctor. However, it’s scared, and it’s embarrassed, and it doesn’t want to get in trouble with mom. Therefore, it looks for a Planned Parenthood in its area, but they’ve all been shut down. But you feel no sympathy for it anymore. It’s now a slut to you. It should have made better choices, been more Christian. It’s no longer worthy of your support, and you do not march for it. Because you‘re not marching for life. You’re marching for religion and righteousness, and oppressing women with your outdated views of how they should behave.
Therefore, it gets no prenatal care. It goes on living for the next three months wearing baggy sweatshirts and hoping no one notices. When its mom finally does notice she tells it to get an abortion, because they don’t have the money to support another it, and because it is still a child trying to go to school and have a life. Again, you don’t march for this life. You voted to make abortion illegal and you feel good, you feel “right with God” because you saved another foetus.
This time it was given up for adoption. It joins more than 400,000 children in the US foster care system. If it is lucky, it’ll only spend the average three years in foster care. If it’s lucky, it won’t fall into the 78 percent of foster care children who experience some form of abuse. If it’s lucky, it won’t be one of the 80 percent of imprisoned people who spent some time in the foster care system. If it’s lucky, it’ll be one of the 50 percent of foster kids that graduate high school by the age of 18. If it’s lucky, it’ll be one of the 9 percent of former foster care kids that earn a bachelor’s degree. If it’s lucky, it’ll be adopted before it turns 18 and is thrown out onto the streets to fend for itself. However, you don’t march for those lives.
Now, it’s 18. It jumped from foster home to foster home. It doesn’t have a family. It’s depressed, emotionally damaged. It needs help. It could use some healthcare, but obviously, can’t afford it. It could use a job, but has no clothes and nowhere to stay. You avoid it on the streets, taking the long route to your car hoping it doesn’t stop you to ask for some change. You wish it would go somewhere else, anywhere but your neighbourhood. It gets too hungry. It turns to sex work because it’s the only option it has. It starts using drugs to numb the pain of this sex work. However, you don’t march for this life. This life is a burden on society to you. This life is un-Christian, unworthy of your tax dollars. This life should get its act together, overcome all odds, and become a self-made it just like your granddaddy. However, when this life has a new it inside of it, again you will march.
26 January 2017
Hate me for posting this. GO AHEAD. The hate of the haters is a blessing… it means that I’m on the right road. Our Lord Christ didn’t die and rise from the tomb to bring in a fascist order that coddles the well-off and cocksure at the expense of their poorer and more vulnerable fellows. As Our Lord said, “They have their reward”…
By the way… Patriarch Kirill is NOT saying that illegalisation of abortion is the Church’s teaching. Several Gosduma deputies called V R Legoida on the carpet, and the upshot of it is that the Church would be happy with regulation and restrictions on abortion. HH’s statement was a bargaining chip… don’t listen to ignorant rightwing Yahoos like Jesse Dominick… he’s just a gofer flunky for Shevkunov. Some things are much less than they appear to be.