The abortion issue is in the news again because Chris Matthews asked Donald Trump about it, with Trump stating that the woman or girl having an abortion should have some sort of punishment in the case that abortion were banned. Later Trump’s campaign issued a statement that he didn’t think the woman having an abortion should be punished, and that she is a “victim.” (Well, if someone was raped, yes that is a victim. But not those who voluntarily consented to having sexual relations, or abortions.)
And I’m hearing these supposedly “conservative,” “pro-life” people on the radio saying that they don’t think the woman should receive a punishment. They are hypocrites, or at least extremely inconsistent, in my view.
In response to Trump, Ted Cruz stated, “I am pro-life. Being pro-life means standing and defending the unborn … But it also means defending moms. Defending women. And defending the incredible gift women have to bring life into the world. And Donald’s comments, they were unfortunate, they were wrong and I strongly disagree with it.”
First of all, he has the obligatory “defending moms, defending women,” because he is afraid that if he tells the truth or shows consistency then he might lose some votes. For politicians, it’s ultimately about votes, especially when it comes to very sensitive issues like abortion, in which they have to sugarcoat uncomfortable moral truths.
Now, excuse me, but Ted Cruz is constantly talking about “protecting innocent human life.” Obviously, someone who promises to engage in “carpet bombing” of whole areas knowing full well that such actions cause the deaths of innocents human lives is not particularly concerned about innocent human lives.
Several spokespeople of anti-abortion activist groups, such as the Family Research Council Action and the Susan B. Anthony List, gave statements in general agreement with Cruz and the countless other inconsistent conservatives I hear on the radio.
And Jeff Kuhner offered a personal story in which someone he knew had had an abortion at an early age and felt terrible about it for the rest of her life. But he noted that had she been sent to prison for that she never would have had her two kids. Well, yeah, lots of people are sent to prison or are distracted by a career or whatever, and they never have kids that they may have preferred to have.
I really believe that many of today’s conservatives are not sincere in their “anti-abortion” views. They do say Roe v. Wade should be overturned, of course. But they seem to indicate that abortion should remain legal. And if you want it illegal, what’s the point of having something “illegal” if there isn’t a punishment for it? (Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for a continuation of State-ownership and operation of the judicial and prison system. Privatize everything, as Walter Block likes to say.)
And whatever happened to the conservatives’ belief in the importance of personal responsibility? Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council Action, referred to the “predatory abortion industry,” which is accurate to some extent. But what about all the sexually promiscuous teenage girls and young women whose parents obviously don’t care that they get STDs, as well as abortions? According to the End of the American Dream Blog, 1 out of every 4 teen girls in the U.S. has a sexually transmitted disease, and 24% of the teens in the U.S. who have such diseases say they still have unprotected sex. And recently, Planned Parenthood came out with this pamphlet encouraging teenagers or young adults with HIV to hide that fact from their prospective sexual partners. Planned Parenthood is an extremely dangerous, degenerate and criminal organization as far as I’m concerned.
Why are today’s parents raising their girls to be ignorant and careless sluts who don’t care to protect themselves from dangerous diseases, let alone protecting an unborn baby from its untimely death? Is there some sort of self-destruction aspect to our society now? Sure, you can blame “predatory” abortionists, but girls and women are not being dragged into the abortion clinic against their will and their unborn babies forcibly being killed without the girls’ consent. If conservatives and others are consistent in their alleged view that the unborn baby is just as much a human being as a born baby, then killing an unborn baby is as much murder as killing a born human being. Just because someone is at a less advanced stage of development than others, that does not mean that one has less value as a human being.
I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with those points, and that’s too bad, in my view.
Now, if I had a teenage daughter, which I don’t, she wouldn’t be one of those aforementioned careless sluts. She obviously would be raised with a good degree of self-respect and by the time she’s a teenager, she would not be sexually involved until she’s mature enough to really emotionally handle it, and she would be informed and intelligent enough to recognize those things by age 14 or 15, and so on.
Why do I never hear those damn “pro-life conservatives” suggesting to pregnant teenage girls and young women who don’t want to have a baby (and were too impatient or irresponsible to use birth control) to at least bring the baby into the world and give the baby up for adoption?