So John McCain has decided he can’t win without the votes of the ultrafasc-…err…ultraconservative wing of the Republican party (read story below). So he’s decided to come out in favor of overturning Roe v Wade.
I’m missing something here. As far as I can see, the best he could do in this situation is to trade moderate votes for conservative votes, and he’s hoping that the votes he picks up will be greater than the votes he is throwing away.
He’s certainly lost my vote.
Perhaps he’s seeing something else involved. Maybe he’s hoping that the NeoFasci-…err…Religious Right will deliver more money to him, and he can use this to buy back my vote. Sorry, John. I won’t vote for anybody who’s clearly sold his soul. It’s gone way past the integrity stage.
The buzz on the boards is about peripheral issues. They’re arguing about the sanctity of life, about who has the right to decide, about women who should have chosen not to get pregnant, about when a fetus is a “human being”. These are all red herring issues. You can argue until you’re blue in the face, but they have no resolution.
Let’s look at what it’s not about. It’s not about preventing abortion by preventing unwanted pregnancy. The people who oppose abortion are opposed to all forms of birth control.
It’s not about babies, saving innocent lives, or the so-called “sanctity of life”. None of the anti-abortion forces supports programs to raise the standard of living for children in this country. It’s perfectly OK for these children to die from hunger, homelessness or lack of medical care. The old saying, “Life begins at conception and ends at birth” says it best.
It’s only peripherally about women’s bodies. When a woman says, “I have the right to decide what to do with my body,” these people are incensed, because they know that woman are mentally child-like, irresponsible, and would routinely abort at the 9th month if given the opportunity. That is, after all, what the whole so-called “‘partial birth’ abortion” issue is about.
It’s about controlling women’s lives. It’s about punishing women who have sex. Babies are god’s punishment for women who have sex without being owned by men. Women who avoid pregnancy and childbirth in this way are going against god’s will, just like people who avoid AIDS through the use of condoms. Sex is supposed to have nasty consequences. They’re supposed to suffer, at least for the rest of their lives.
Keep in mind that people who are opposed to abortion are more likely to have them than people who support them, probably because they don’t use birth control. That’s right, the “sanctity of life” is only a consideration when they’re trying to control a woman who is not a member of their family.
Women who leave men who act like assholes are just as guilty to these regressionists. They’re supposed to stay married to a man, whether he beats her or has women on the side. All the programs to support “the family” do it at the expense of families without responsible male parents. It’s taking money from the poorest and giving it to the middle class and upper class.
It’s just about controlling women’s lives.
On the lighter side, a quote from Miss Polly telling her opinion about whether men should be able to decide if women can have abortions.
I think men can have valid opinions on this matter. BUT if they are to get involved in the decision making process first let them have a bowling ball shoved up their arse, have to carry it for nine months then be ripped asunder getting it out, have it permanently attached like a ball and chain to an ankle with a recording on a loop that says “Mummy can I have this, Mummy can I have that?” at top volume for the next 25 years.
Once they have done that I will allow them to give opinions on laws and policy regarding termination of pregnancy . See I am fair really!!