The Never-Ending Battle That Ended Long Ago

Abortion rights are again on the ballots in three states:  South Dakota, California, and Colorado.  All three measures, if approved, would open the door for a Supreme Court challenge of Roe v. Wade, which Republicans have been salivating for since 1973.  Two of the measures have been previously defeated in elections and were somehow resurrected (the California one has been defeated twice).  The South Dakota measure is an outright ban, which conflicts with federal law.  The Colorado one is so bad that the pro-life governor of the state of campaigning against it.  California’s Proposition 4 would be a state-sponsored slap in the face to underaged victims of abuse.

I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again:  stop re-fighting Roe v. Wade.  You lost, Republicans.  F***ing let it go and move on to other things, like saving our economy so we can feed the children you don’t want people to be able to abort.

Here’s an idea for something pro-lifers can do, instead of wasting time, money, and energy fighting a battle that was lost 35 years ago.  (Thanks to my friend Marti; she and I came up with this plan.)  All pro-lifers should register as such with the government.  Then, when an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy occurs, instead of having an abortion, the woman in question can go to the government and have the child set up to be adopted by one of the registered pro-lifers!  No abortion happens, pleasing the pro-lifers, and the woman that would have gotten an abortion doesn’t have to deal with the unplanned/unwanted child now!  Everybody’s happy!  I figure if being pro-life and outlawing abortion means so g**damn much to you people, you should put your money (and your house) where your mouth is!  Be willing to, and in fact required to,  adopt some of these unwanted children.  That’s only fair, right?

VS – 10.17.08

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6 Responses to “The Never-Ending Battle That Ended Long Ago”

  1. I can’t decide if I agree with this or not. I’m anti abortion, but I’m pro choice. Just because I think something doesn’t mean that its right for another female. In the same sense, just because someone firmly believes that abortion is wrong shouldn’t make their rights anymore negotiable than someone who thinks as I do, or that abortion is the right thing to do. So while I agree that this is a resolved issue and should remain that way, I disagree with calling others who believe it’s wrong to raise the unwanted children. Not to mention the emotional trauma a woman would have to go through carrying unwanted children and giving them away. So I mostly agree but disagree… holy moly!!

  2. I’ve been thinking this for 30 years. If people don’t want women to have abortions, there are a number of things they can do:

    1) Educate people and make sure they know that every time they have sex, there is the possibility of having a child. Protection reduces but does not eliminate totally the likelihood that a child will be created. I would think this is obvious but a week of watching the Maury Povich show will confirm otherwise. You’d be amazed at the number of men who stand up and say, “This child can’t possibly be mine. We didn’t have a relationship [or, I wasn’t in love with her]. It was just sex.”

    Oh, wait, sorry, this means sex education. Oh, well, on to the next one . . .

    2) Take the shame out of single parenting and unexpected pregnancy. When we get to the point of treating expectant single teen-aged mothers as if they’d won the lottery rather than doing something shameful–Oh, wait, I just realised that this won’t work either.

    3) Make it so that there are no financial consequences on the individual for having a child. Give them money to support the child, arrange for an in-home worker and really spectacular day care, and . . . oh, wait, I must be thinking of Europe, never mind.

    and finally, 4) Your suggestion. Require the pro-lifers to adopt unwanted children. I’ve been advocating it for decades. Instead of standing in front of an abortion clinic shouting obscenities at desperate women, go up and speak kindly to one. Tell her you’ll take her into your own home, treat her as your own child until she has the baby and for a few weeks afterwards until she recovers from the delivery, and then find her a job, and then raise her child as your own and provide it with the best you can of education, shelter, clothing, enrichment, and of course, a college education. In addition, let her and the child have a relationship while you raise the child.

    Oh, well, now I’m just in fantasyland.

  3. vagabondsaint Says:

    1) You watched Maury Povich for a week? How did your brain not break out of your head and run away?

    2) That won’t work on several levels, but hey, there’s no bad ideas in brainstorming, right?

    3) Are you having a flashback to your Parisian days?

    4) Yeah, you know, that all seems like a good idea on the surface, but in order for any pro-lifer to take a prospective mother into their home and provide all that care requires a financial wherewithal that not many people on either side of the aisle possess. Perhaps some sort of government assistance. . .oh, wait, that’s redistributing the wealth, which is a dirty phrase to people who don’t realize that any government funded by taxes IS, by necessity, redistributing wealth.

    Speaking of taxes, what are they like in Fantasyland? I’ll be looking for a place to run if McCain wins.

    VS – 10.24.08

  4. eviastarroy Says:

    It is a very difficult topic, and perhaps that is why it is constantly under scrutiny.

    I thought myself on the pro-life side of the fence. But I can argue myself over to the other side.

  5. eviastarroy Says:

    whoops, I meant pro-choice side….

  6. Well I don’t know about fantasyland, but I paid 1% more in Europe than I pay here. That included free health care for everyone, free university (through Ph.D.) for everyone, free dental care for everyone, free eye care for everyone, one parent paid to stay home with child through age three with guarantee of equivalent job to the one they left . . . and when I had to have a dentist appointment, I got one in less than 24 hours. Here I had to wait six months.

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