Reluctantly

If there’s an issue more polarizing than abortion, I don’t know what it would be. On the right, you have groups like Randall Terry’s Operation Rescue, who plan on running graphic anti-abortion ads during the Superbowl showing aborted fetuses.  They’re able to do this by exploiting an FCC regulation that requires a station to run ads for a campaign and Terry is started a presidential campaign last year.  On the left, you have groups like The Abortion Gang, who are unapologetic and in your face defending a woman’s right to choose. Anti-abortion groups like Operation Rescue do their best to sicken and gross you out in attempt to bring you over to their side and pr0-choice organizations like the The Abortion Gang do the same by putting out the message that fetuses aren’t people, referring to them as blastocysts and lumps of tissue. If you want to know the truth, both sides make me sick.

Before we go any further, let me say that I am, very reluctantly, pro-choice. I’m reluctant because my heart tells me that a fetus is a person, just like anyone else. My head and the law, however, aren’t sure and until there’s more scientific consensus on the issue, I’m not willing to dictate to others what they should or shouldn’t do. I’m also reluctant because the attitude of groups like The Abortion Gang sicken me. They reduce the decision to end a possible life to what sometimes seem selfish and shallow concerns. So far, they haven’t engaged in violence to support their cause, but I suspect that’s only because abortion is legal.  If it weren’t, some moron somewhere would set off a bomb or shoot a pastor defending its criminality.  Truth be told, that may happen anyway; the right doesn’t have a corner on the idiot market.

I’m tired of having this argument.  I’m especially tired of pro-life, “Christian” politicians who want to criminalize abortion, limit or abolish birth control and eliminate social safety nets. I don’t get it, they want to protect life while it’s in the womb, but seem to say as you’re born, you’re on your own.  And, I’m sorry, if you’re against abortion but in favor of the death penalty, you’re not “pro-life” and you’re not following Christian principles.  That’s like giving the peace sign while wearing a t-shirt that says “Kill ’em all, let God sort ’em out.”  If you want to be pro-life in the Christian sense, then you must protect all life; not just the unborn.  Because that’s what Jesus would do.