Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Everyone is Pro Life

The House Republicans passed a bill banning abortion or something close to it. Whatever. But the hilarious if maybe not so hilarious fact is that they have made a great teary case about protecting the rights of the unborn. Duh. Everyone wants to protect the rights of  the unborn. Everyone is Pro Life. There are no people walking around saying we should have abortions. The argument is specious in that it makes several assumptions and all of them are fallacious.

First of all no one wants to have an abortion. Even the person having it. Everyone is Pro Life. Everyone wants babies to have a chance. The House Republicans beat their Tom Tom for the far right base but this assumes the people on the left are in favor of abortions. They are not. There are no monsters I know of in the liberal Democratic base of the country. There are just people who see abortion as a tragedy but they are not in the position to tell a woman what she should do with her body.

So to frame the choice as Pro Life versus Pro Choice is idiotic. The two are not mutually exclusive. One is a moral declaration and the other is a Social Declaration. I know Democrats and Republicans both buy into this but it makes no sense. If you want to say you are Anti Choice then fine. But Pro Life gives up the moral high ground and ensures a platform for Tea Party types in the House. The fact of the matter is the American people all are PRO LIFE.

Just some people believe women should have the right to choose what they want to do with their own bodies.

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