I am really curious how our conservative law makers envision this equation computing. If you throw in their desires to reduce or eliminate federal assistance programs such as food stamps; you have to wonder what type of America they see in our future.
First, if they want to ban or make it more difficult for women to have access birth control; do they believe that this is going to aid in our population control? We are society that currently consumes more than we produce so it seems to me that not having viable methods of family planning would lead to more children being conceived by people who may not be able to take care of them.
Once you take away the option to terminate a pregnancy, for whatever reason a person chooses… And let’s take a side step on this subject for a moment. Most of the advocates against abortion have this belief based on their religious values. However, in 1 Corinthians 4: 4-5 Paul clearly explains “It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointned time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.” As our elected government officials, their jobs are not to stand as our moral judges rather to ensure that we have a system that guarentees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They do not have the right to define what that means to each of us rather they should ensure it for all of us. Whether a woman chooses to terminate a pregnancy or not should be a decision between her, her doctor and God; regardless of how we feel about it. Back to my original point, so we no longer have the right to terminate pregnancies nor do we have reasonable access to birth control. What happens to all of those babies that have been conceived in circumstances where the parents are unwilling or unable to care for the child?
This makes me wonder if these law makers assume that no birth control and no abortions will mean that people will stop having sex. That they will stop engaging in the act that creates life. Somehow, I believe this is highly unlikely. Not only are these laws dangerous because in many instances birth control is used for medicinal reasons other than family planning and because many women have to terminate pregnancies for reasons other than them not wanting the child, but these laws are dangerous to our economy.
Let’s think for a second about their postion on welfare. They want less people to receive federal assistance such as the programs that aid with providing food for many families and recieving access to medical benefits. Ok, so we now have a system that discourages family planning under the assumption that people are going to exercise self control (knowing that we are not a society that has mastered that skill) and we are going to make it difficult for the people who are already struggling financially to gain access to assistance.
My prediction… an increase in orphans. The short sightedness of the leaders is almost criminal because they are not thinking past their own judgemental beliefs. Ok, you are against contraceptives. Ok, you think abortions are morally wrong. Ok, our governement is too large and we can’t afford all of our social services. However, to take all three off the table or hide them under the table means that you are going to have people creating lives that they did not want and/or can not afford to take care of. Do they think these people will simply pull up their boot straps and make a way? Some will. But there are many who will not. My question is who will take care of the unwanted children. We already have foster care systems clamoring to find parents to take in children. Will we leave it to the adoption agencies to take this child from this home and put it in that home, as long as its not a same sex home?
I believe these laws are not only intrusive in regards to our personal lives but for a party that claims they want smaller government and that the government should allow the free economic market to work itself out, they seem hell bent on intruding into our personal lives rather than regulating existing industries that allow people to plan for families using whatever method they feel morally comfortable with. And I will even go out on a limb and suggest that the time spent debating these issues could be time spent focused on improving our economy so that more people have jobs. If you want to stop people for having sex and making babies, put them to work so that they don’t have time to procreate.
What do you think? Am I totally reaching with this argument? Should our government serve as our moral regulators?
- 5 Reasons the GOP’s Attack on Birth Control Screws Men (alternet.org)
- Is Religion Just About Sex and Guns? (lukeford.net)
- One Woman’s Rant on Birth Control and Abortion Rights (lezgetreal.com)