In my last post I brought up the topic of a Texas Congressman who believes women who have abortions should be criminalized. He notably never mentioned what should happen if a man supports a woman having an abortion. In fact a big issue with pretty much anyone I’ve ever talked to who is anti-abortion seems to have blinders on. The question does become, what’s next. Despite anti-abortion protesters claims that women frequently use abortion as birth control there is no proof whatsoever. In fact taking in the stats that women tend to have 30 years of fertility and contraceptives are not perfect statistics from multiple sources show that half of all pregnancies are unintended.
Now, before you frown and say well the woman shouldn’t be having sex to begin with… let’s just avoid that fight altogether. Let’s go straight to the pregnant woman. These women might have many reasons for not wanting a child: financial instability, unready emotionally, no family support structure to help, etc. And that doesn’t even get into horrible statistics about rape. Sure you could tell the woman have the child and put it up for adoption, but do YOU now care about the child’s well being.
I recently ran across a quote from a Catholic Nun who brought up this hypocrisy of the whole “pro-life” movement. Joan Chittister in a 2004 PBS interview said:
“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”
I honestly cannot say it any better than her. I have my issues with the Catholic church and some of it’s representatives, especially Rev. Philip Pizzo who suggested that protesters should commit suicide. But on this issue, Miss Chittister and I agree. I don’t know if she is against abortion or not. But regardless we agree on the social issues.
If you wish to learn more about Joan Chittister as I wish to, she has her own website: http://www.joanchittister.org/