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Editorial: Is ‘pro-life’ really anti-choice?
Tracy Joseph Bogert
Guest ColumnApril 25, 2012 | 1,320 views | 3 comments
I have read the Bible a few times over the years. I am by no means a biblical scholar nor do I consider myself anything but a novice when it comes to religion and religious origins. However, with this said, I have noticed that nowhere in the Bible is the word “abortion” used.
Somewhere along the line, many churches, including the Catholic Church, instituted their own beliefs under the guise that these were God’s words or the words of Jesus. In 1869, Pope Pius IX decreed that abortion at any point in pregnancy was cause for excommunication. This was not the Word of God or the Word of Jesus; they were the words of a flesh and blood man.
I know that in many religions, especially the Catholic religion, priests and preachers are seen as the right hand of God and are permitted to speak on behalf of God. However, I haven’t read the part where it says the priests or the pope have the right to make up something and make it appear as it is the Word of God.
I know many conservatives, especially religious conservatives, do not believe in a woman’s right to choose an abortion. Women should have control over their body, and deciding to have an abortion or not to have one is one of those times.
We can argue at length over abortion and the biblical view of abortion. However, there should be no argument that there are many unwanted children in the world. You can also argue that the anti-choice crowd talks a lot about abortion, but are the last ones to stand in line to adopt a child.
Jesus was greatly offended by self-righteous religious people who thought they were better than those they considered “sinners.” This nation has a long history of being quick to carry out the death penalty. Religious conservatives use the Bible as a basis for their argument. Indeed there are several verses that indicate the biblical acceptance of the death penalty. However, to me, Jesus appeared to be against the death penalty. In fact, when He stated, “let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her,” Jesus seemed to be saying that 99 percent of the population are hypocrites when standing in judgment of others in any situation, including the death penalty and abortion.
I find it very ironic that religious Republican conservatives are quick to save an inviable fetus, but slow to adopt an unwanted child, all the while putting as many people to death as possible. All of this despite the teachings of Jesus Christ on being tolerant and not judging others.
In 1973, Roe v. Wade was made the law of the land. Republicans controlled the Supreme Court, presidency, Senate, and House from 2001-07 and did nothing to overturn Roe v. Wade. If anyone wants to blame someone for the number of abortions in this country, blame your own Republican Party who have not lifted a finger to outlaw abortion other than to nitpick and cherry pick. When they had time to “make a difference,” they were caught with their pants down.
The same goes to the Catholic Church hierarchy: Instead of hyperventilating over abortion, why don’t you double down on your efforts to help those who cannot help themselves, and are already born?
It seems to me that there are a lot of conservatives who seem to be in a rage over Planned Parenthood and are oblivious to the millions of once-living children who starve to death in the world every year. As the saying goes, “the last time the Republicans cared about you, you were a fetus!”
Tracy Joseph Bogert, an eighth-generation Texan, resides in Somerset and is active in the Democratic Party.
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