Posts tagged abortion
Posts tagged abortion
“Despite the assertions of many liberal writers I read and otherwise admire, I don’t think that politicians like Mourdock oppose rape exceptions because they hate women or want to control women. I think they’re totally oblivious and insensitive and can’t for a moment place themselves in the shoes of a woman who becomes pregnant from a rape. I think most don’t particularly care that their policy decisions can impact what control a woman does or doesn’t have over her own body. But if Mourdock believes that God creates all life and that to end a life created by God is murder, then all abortion is murder, regardless of the circumstances in which a pregnancy came about.”
Sullivan begins the article saying that she doesn’t support what Mourdock says, just that liberals are overreacting. Mourdock, an Indiana Republican running for Senate, said during a debate that pregnancy from a rape is something that God intended. Twitter lit up after those comments, and liberals couldn’t believe those words came out of that guy’s mouth. It comes to no surprise that Republicans have this similar position with rape. They all believe that abortion is wrong no matter what, and that a rape is no exception when it comes to the morality of aborting. Sullivan starts arguing semantics, saying that the “it” in Mourdock’s statement means he meant that the life is what God intended. It’s a common Christian belief that God intervenes on purpose.
When Christian voters hear stuff like this sprout of a politician’s mouth, they get kudos because it is said that in the Bible, God sees the good out of any evil situation, so even if it’s rape, and that there is an expressed future planning for any event. But religious people are WRONG, and that’s not Sullivan saying it, it’s me. It’s completely stupid and asinine to think that a rape is what “God” intended, and there’s something even more wrong about a male politician preaching about what his religious views when HE’S RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN THE GOVERNMENT. The United States is not a theocracy, and I’m sick of the right’s continuous use of religion to brainwash the electorate. So if someone says I’m overreacting to a comment like that, they can go straight to hell (Ha. Ha.). No matter what, you leave the religious rhetoric at home because your obligation to the people is not an obligation to the Heavens. You want to preach your religious views, become a pastor and not someone who could be personally responsible for a lot of people’s well-being.
As a number of Republicans believe, life must be defined at conception. However, after they’re born, we can surely make them feel bad about not being what everyone else wants them to be.
1. How many years do you consider to be a fair prison term for a woman who has an abortion?
2. How many years for a doctor who performs one?
3. What other punishments would be suitable for such a breach of law: a fine, community service, submission to regular pregnancy tests, for instance?
4. Will the punishments be greater the second time around? How else will you handle recidivism?
5. Where will the state get the money necessary to prosecute one-third of all American women for this crime?
6. 42% of women who have an abortion have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level (that’s $10,830 for a single woman with no children, for those of who are counting). When women are forced to have children they cannot afford to raise, will those children become wards of the state or new Medicaid recipients? Where will the state find the money necessary to support them?
7. Will you be willing to watch your wife die in front of you when her life is threatened by an unsafe pregnancy that no one is allowed to do anything about? Your daughter?
8. Will rapists have to pay child support to women who are forced to have their children?
9. Will the child of incest be in the custody of its rapist father or the father’s teenaged daughter, his mother? In fact, 18% of women who have an abortion in America are teenagers. Will they be required to drop out of high school to raise their children or will the state provide free childcare?
10. Will upper-class white women be prosecuted as vigorously as other women who have abortions?
10.b. You are aware that upper-class white women have abortions, aren’t you?