The rights of the unborn is a big issue among Christians and many other conservative minded people. In an election year, it is common for Christians to point to this issue as one of the main reasons for supporting the Republican candidate. Unfortunately, I believe that the pro-life issue is often used merely to garner Christian votes. Has any real effort been made by the Republicans to change the course of abortion in our country? The answer is no.
Just take the last eight years as an example. We’ve had a Republican president in office. For six of these years, the same party also controlled congress. If Republican politicians really cared about the issue of abortion, they could have easily taken action to change things during this time. So, what’s the deal, Republicans? What about all those murdered babies you’ve convinced us you care so much about?
And how come President Bush, who calls himself pro-life continues to fund Planned Parenthood, an organization responsible for about a quarter of a million abortions each year? Why has he in fact increased tax money each year to fund them?
Why does Ron Paul, year after year present his Sanctity of Life Act to congress only to have it swept under the rug by Democrats and Republicans alike? I hate to break it to you all, but the majority of Washington does not care about the rights of the unborn.
In addition, I believe there is also a great inconsistency regarding what life Republicans believe is worth protecting. Can an individual truly call themselves pro-life if they support the maiming and killing of women, children and other innocents in foreign lands? It doesn’t seem possible. Yet, many who are rightly passionate about protecting the innocent unborn, seem shockingly apathetic to the gruesome fate of so many in the Middle East who are victims of our reckless foreign policy. Somehow, we’ve been convinced that collateral damage is merely an unfortunate but necessary by-product of war. If our conscience begins to prick us, and we give thought to these unfortunate individuals at all, we convince ourselves that it is for the greater good, desperate to avoid dealing with the real implications of our country’s actions.
Where was the outrage among pro-life advocates when Madeleine Albright declared that the killing of a half million Iraqi children, due to our sanctions during the Clinton Administration, was “worth it”? A half a million children. Hey, that’s politics, right?
And we wonder why they hate us.
Why are we not crying out in grief over the innocent victims we so carelessly kill, dropping bombs from above? Reliable sources estimate that there have been over a half a million civilian deaths in Iraq since the start of the war. Some reports say over a million. That doesn’t even take into account those who have survived, being horribly burned, shot, etc.
Our government is responsible for this and innumerable other casualties like it. Tell me how this is okay. Tell me you’d be okay if that was your child’s fate. Explain to me how collateral damage is no big deal in the scheme of things.
What, it‘s okay because they’re different than us? Because we don’t understand their culture? Because they’re halfway across the world, and we don’t have to look them in the eye as they’re dying? Because that’s just how war is? Tell me why it’s okay.
Do you realize that it is common practice for convoys to run down civilians, including children, if they are in the way, so the soldiers don’t have to stop and chance being victims of an IED? Do you realize that civilians are often fired upon at checkpoints, due largely to fear or communication problems? Do you realize that home raids often end in tragedy? Do you realize how many “mistakes” our military makes? I urge you to read the book Collateral Damage, an account of the atrocities of war in Iraq from the mouths of many soldiers who have been there.
I think that we who call ourselves pro-life need to examine all aspects of the preservation of life, and not just that of the unborn baby. We need to cry out against the injustices wrought on innocents all over this world and not just within to wombs of American women.
And while it is good to support politicians who will take a stand for the life of the unborn, ultimately, we cannot rely on government to solve the issue of abortion. Government is inefficient, and legislating morality just doesn’t work. This is an issue of the heart, and until people’s minds and hearts are changed, it doesn’t really matter whether abortion is legal or illegal. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t fight for the overturning of Roe v. Wade – by all means fight for it. It is an unconstitutional law, as abortion is not a federal issue. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t be so naive as to think that we need the government to save the lives of the unborn. It needs to start with us. It starts with compassion and a heart for the lost and hurting. It starts with personally giving of yourself; giving of your time and your emotions to reach out to those who need help. It means stepping out of your comfort zone and becoming vulnerable yourself, in hopes of touching someone else’s soul. It means loving rather than judging. It means understanding rather than writing someone off. It means seeing every single person as precious. It starts with valuing life in all it’s forms and living that out by example. It means doing more than just paying lip service to this very important issue. That’s how we start to change our country’s attitude toward the unborn.