To answer my own question: not quite, but I’m close.
I am adamantly pro-life and proudly so – it heavily colors my views on contemporary politics, yet I still cling to a few other issues, chiefly tax policy, judicial restraint/strict constructionism and support for a strong military. I don’t see many opportunities to have my views represented at the federal level outside of the Republican party these days, but if Joe Lieberman decided to come out as a strong pro-life advocate tomorrow, I’d be behind him in a second.
Rob over at Say Anything commented last week regarding the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and I don’t think I could have encapsulated my own feelings on the issue any better, so I’ll simply quote him:
First, for the sake of clarity, let me define my position for you. I believe that life begins when the femaleâ€™s egg is fertilized by the manâ€™s sperm, it attaches itself in the womb and begins gestation. At that point, as far as Iâ€™m concerned, a life has been created which should be credited with full rights equal to those of the mother.
I have never understood the reasoning pro-abortion advocates have used to excuse the actions of abortionists and abortion seekers. They talk about a â€œwomanâ€™s right to choose,â€ but what gives her that right? What makes a womanâ€™s choice more important than the life that has been created within her? Its often thrown out that abortion is a â€œwomanâ€™s healthâ€ issue, and if I could believe that the majority of these abortions (approximately 43 million since Roe vs. Wade) actually had something to do with the pregnancy negatively impacting the womanâ€™s health I might feel differently. But in todayâ€™s world of advanced medical technology having a baby is an in-and-out procedure. Rarely do women remain in the hospital for more than a day.
So lets be honest, these abortions are being performed (in the vast majority of cases) as a de-facto form of emergency contraception. These women are terminating their pregnancies not because they canâ€™t care for the child or because the child might cause the woman health complications but because they donâ€™t want the responsibility of raising the child. Maybe this isnâ€™t true in every instance, but out of 43 or so million abortions Iâ€™m willing to guess its the dominant reason.
And how on earth can that be ok? How can we tell these women that its ok to end the life of a child they, through their own choices, created with a man for the express purpose of riding them of the responsibility of raising it?
Its something Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™ll never understand.
Amen to that.