Wednesday, March 8, 2006

I eat fetuses for breakfast

Things have been a little weird for me lately. Some people I know were saying things about anarchy that simply were not true. So I attempt to correct his thinking towards anarchy because I happen to understand the anarchist ideology. I'm trying to tell them the truth behind what the anarchist believes. Apparently it went over that I was someone living in a false reality and that I was accusing them of not doing anything but whining. I don't know how that happened. Probably because the internet sucks like that.

Then yesterday, Emily made this post about the abortion law passed in South Dakota (come July, their one clinic will be out of business). I tried the same thing again - correct some errors. Apparently I want a uterus so I can have my own abortions. There really wasn't comments on what I actually believe, just on where I'm fixing some misconceptions.

It's not like I'm new to the pro-life thing. It's not like I don't understand. I've been at pro-life protests since I was a baby - seriously, literally. All the way up to six years ago I was still at these protests holding signs like, "abortion is murder". I understand the pro-life side.

But now I've been seeing things from a more three-dimensional vantage point. It's more than just a legal issue, it's a socio-economic issue. I'm not a single-issue person anymore. What causes abortion? The pro-lifer says, "doctors," and I say, "a variety of issues, including an increasing class gap, poverty, lack of education, and old-fashioned apathy." Abortion is this deal-breaker for people; if a politician doesn't support strong legislation against abortion it's a "no vote". But what about the "silent tsunami"? The more than 30,000 children that die every day from hunger or preventable/treatable diseases? What about the more than 100 million people in the world without a home? Why aren't those "deal-breakers"?

The term "pro-life" is disingenuous because they're not in support of life, they're opposed to abortion. Most of these "pro-life" organizations also support the death penalty, war, and they oppose sex education, birth control and even immunizations for STDs. They don't support social programs they would support families, including single-mothers (stupid whores! getting knocked up! how irresponsible!), and would reduce abortions. They don't support programs that would feed hungry families, and many other things that would do more to reduce abortions than a law would. The movement is blinded by this Roe V Wade issue.

But this is changing, and many Republicans are turning to these other programs. Pro-life and pro-choice groups are starting to work together to make abortions rare. If I'm not mistaken, some of the leadership from Rock for Life have left saying their tactics are unloving and un-Christlike.

I hope to see abortions eradicated, I just think there is a more loving, gentle and non-violent way to get to this point than drawing battle lines in the sand and polarizing the community. A community that works together can make change, but when it's split in factions it is much harder.

I still respect everyone who has been involved in the discussions. I still love everyone. Nothing has changed, except maybe some minds. That's all.

In other news, I think I'll register as Robotlican for this next election season.

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