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What is “Pro-Life”?

From CivilTongue:

Is EVERY one sacred? Why not?

What is a “culture of life”? How do you define it? When someone speaks of a “culture of life” or “pro-life” agenda, it is usually assumed that abortion is the topic at hand. Abortion is not the only issue that pertains to the sanctity of life. If someone wants to literally be a pro-life voter, there are a wide variety of policies that that moniker supports.

How about starting with an easy one? The death penalty. Is there anything more clearly pro-death? There is no logic in calling yourself “pro-life” when you support the death penalty. If you support the death penalty you are saying that you are morally ok with not only killing people, but letting the (fallible) state decide which people to kill with your blessing.  Perhaps someone has other moral reasons they can cite for supporting the death penalty, but they can’t still call themselves “pro-life” with any integrity.

Here’s another gimme – war. War = death, it’s kind of the modus operandi for winning a war. Aside from the direct killing of soldiers by soldiers, with war comes countless life altering tragedies and injuries. The pollution of war equals death to those living things around it. The corruption inside war equals death for those willing to take risks for money or power. The private contractors are let loose to roam lawlessly across the land, bringing violence and oppression. Living in an occupied land means living in fear; simply being alive is not the same as living. Please don’t call yourself pro-life if you support war, especially pre-emptive ones wars of aggression.

Is it part of a culture of life to allow corporations to pollute our water supplies, harm our animals, disrupt natural systems, and poison our food? Is it life giving to look away as humans are abused and exploited in the name of profit? All life relies on a certain level of purity to our air, land, and water, there is nothing – no industry, no product, no privilege – that makes it acceptable to poison us all.  If you don’t believe in protecting the sanctity of nature and those natural systems that sustain life, you are not pro-life.

Universal health care is pro-life. We can live our lives when our basic health care needs are attended to. Unchecked pain, fear of debt, and exclusive access – hallmarks of a health care system that puts profits before patients – is not pro-life (it’s pro-profit). In fact, someone in a dismal health care situation is more likely to consider numbing pain or their reality in an unhealthy way.

Humans are not born to be slaves, we each want to carry on with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When corporations turn us into slaves, or indentured servants, or take away our dignity, or abuse us, or force us to work against our morals, we are alive, yet not. When a company sucks the life out of you so you have nothing for your family, no time for community, and no living wage, they are not working on a pro-life agenda. Like stories you can read from our own history of slavery, the plantation owners were all for more babies, they couldn’t wait for those babies to become commodities. In those stories you can read the anguish of the enslaved parents at bringing another life into the world under hellish conditions, knowing that their offspring will be treated like expendable chattle. An unregulated capitalist dynamic promotes death to humanity.

Read the rest at CivilTongue.

Maddow: “They have been focused like a laser – on your uterus.”

One hundred and forty-one days after the Republicans promised a “jobs bill,” the Republicans proposed a limp 10-page document on the subject. What have they been doing in the meantime (besides promising to kill Medicare as we know it)? They have been obsessed with your uterus.

Since coming to power in Washington, Republicans have tried (so far unsuccessfully) to:

  • Cut off Planned Parenthood funds as part of the battle over this year’s budget
  • To make it easier for hospitals to refuse abortion cases
  • To make it more expensive for small businesses to purchase insurance under the healthcare act that would cover abortion, and
  • To ban abortion training funds

Getting in on the obsession, the Senate GOP would fine and imprison doctors who don’t provide advance notice to parents of an abortion procedure.

And if the foregoing isn’t sufficiently radical, the actions of some states have given new meaning to extremism. A Louisiana House committee approved a BAN on abortions. The bill extends penalties for “feticide” to women who have abortions and to doctors who perform them. In its original form, women who have abortions could be sent to prison for five to 15 years. Subsequently modified, the prison term now only applies to doctors. Omitting women but targeting physicians is apparently considered “compassionate conservatism.” Or are there simply more women voters than physician voters?

Fifteen states, where Republicans control the legislatures, have anti-abortion proposals that carry jail time for doctors: Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico and Idaho. Watch this Rachel Maddow Show segment to see just how vile and insane these Republican-controlled legislatures have become. I guarantee that your jaw will drop.

Although there is a constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion, Republicans pick and choose which constitutional rulings they like, or they invent new ones such as “corporations are people.” These state laws are being passed with full knowledge that they violate the constitution.

With the help of Republican presidents beginning with Ronald Reagan, the United State’s courts – from District courts to Appellate courts to the Supreme Court – have been packed with judges and justices whom Republicans hope and expect will ultimately lead to rewriting constitutional protections to deny women’s reproductive rights – from the right to choose to contraceptive freedom. These state proposals and laws are tools for reaching the Robert’s Supreme Court in order to abolish Roe v Wade and the privacy rights that support the ruling.

Five of the U.S. Supreme Courts justices are Roman Catholic. The Catholic Church has threatened to excommunicate public officials who act to support reproductive rights, specifically abortion rights. The Catholic Church also opposes contraception. Make no mistake, contraception restrictions are also part of the Republican war on women and families. It’s about religion. It’s about power over women. And it’s un-American.

A Moose after Palin’s heart

Sarah Palin loves moose hunting, or so we are told. She also is anti-choice, the freedom of women to make their own reproductive choices without government interference. But there is at least one Moose that she will not go shootin’ at.

Justin Carl Moose was arrested earlier this week. He was charged with “providing information related to the making, use, or manufacture of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction to a person Moose believed was planning to bomb a women’s health clinic in North Carolina.”

The complaint states that Moose used a social networking site to advocate violence against women’s health care clinics, especially those performing abortions.

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