Friday, February 11, 2011

pro-choice blindness or duplicity

two recent examples...

First, President Obama marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Obama also said in a statement Saturday that he remains committed to policies designed to prevent unintended pregnancies.

I appreciate his point here. Abortion is not desirable, even in a pro-choice mind-set. So, we should not subsidize it (except through Planned Parenthood). Interestingly, he's not particularly interested in preventing unintended unemployment-- by subsidizing it with Unemployment Insurance.

And he called on Americans to recommit themselves to ensuring that, in the president's words, "our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams."

Well, at least those daughters who have exited the womb...

Obama said the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion affirmed what he called a "fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters."

Well, of course, the govt should intrude on some private family matters-- when the rights of family members are being significantly and directly violated. And again, it seems strange that he would be fond of intruding on some private family matters such as taxable income, decisions to purchase internationally-made goods without tariffs and quotas, and of course, health care.

Second, a recent C-J editorial...

The war against women's reproductive freedom rights has exploded again...

Wow, that sounds ominous; I wonder what's happened?

On Capitol Hill, House Republicans [want to] make permanent the 30-year-old Hyde Amendment, which is renewed each year to prevent federal funds from being spent on abortions...[And] a House vote to strip the organization of Title X family planning funds could come as soon as Monday.

Oh my, that is an act of war...if abortion is not being subsidized, then...?!

And then the C-J gets in bed with Planned Parenthood and its at least occasional efforts to commit crimes...

Up Interstate 95 in New Jersey, an anti-abortion group hired actors to impersonate a pimp and an underage prostitute and sent them with video surveillance into Planned Parenthood's office in Perth Amboy....

Surveys of Americans show consistent support for women's rights to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy.

Yep, that's how we decide what's right and wrong-- majority opinion. And I don't see the C-J'ers excited about majority opinion when it comes to, say, the election of Rand Paul.

Hey, you can be pro-choice if you want to be stuck in Neanderthalic view of science and various inconsistencies. But don't talk silly about subsidies, the dream of abortion, defend child molesters, and profess a desire to not have a lot of govt intervention. Can't we be a little more honest and thoughtful about our positions?


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