I think it’s disheartening that often serious discussions in our country get reduced to drawing a line in the sand, lining up behind it, and doing a lot of yelling and getting blue in the face.
How about everyone’s favorite topic – besides the gays – abortion?
The only people who aren’t pro-life are dictators and psychopaths – so could you please stop claiming this title for yourself, Religious Right?
If you consider yourself pro-life, ask yourself what you’re doing for that life once it’s screaming, crying, clawing for life outside the womb.
I grew up in a distinctly religious community where pro-choice individuals were literally considered on par with murderers. In such circles, the right to choose is often equated with a modern day Holocaust, a genocide against the unborn.
I’m not going to touch this.
Here’s what I’m going to say:
It’s very convenient to stand on your soap-box when you are wealthy, when you have a penis, when you are past child-bearing age, when you are born into a home of privilege. Everyone wants to reduce the number of abortions that take place in this country on a yearly basis.
However, attacking Planned Parenthood is not the way to go about this.
So it breaks my heart when I see typically ignorant comments on news stories like this one out of my hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Countless people, mostly from the Religious Right, harshly attacking Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell for his defense of Planned Parenthood.
A lot of the work that Planned Parenthood does has to do with educating people on responsible sexual practices. One response sarcastically reads, “Yes, responsible sexuality and encouraging babies to be born rather than killed is such a force of evil.” This is exactly what PP is trying to prevent.
Sadly many of the same people who criticize the noble work of PP are the same ones who could benefit from safe-sex practices themselves.
Just this week, a friend of mine was ranting to me about a girl she lives with. She is conservative. She attends a Christian university. She engages in unsafe sex practices on a somewhat regular basis.
She got pregnant in the last month and had an abortion this week.
This is often what happens in religious milieux where safe sex practices are not taught. OK, OK – fine. The only way to 100% for sure prevent an unwanted pregnancy is either to be gay or be chaste, but engaging in safe sex practices means “responsible sexuality.” It means reducing the number of abortions.
So, Dear Religious Right: Please stop being so hypocritical.
You’re the same ones who won’t be hurt by services getting cut at Planned Parenthood. There are people who benefit from their many services which are intended to prevent abortion.
Can we all agree that responsible sex is a good thing?
And let’s face it mom and dad, your kids are probably having sex. Just because they’re going to a Christian college and they love Jesus doesn’t mean otherwise. Wouldn’t you rather than they educate themselves so that they don’t get an unwanted surprise?
Personal responsibility, people.