I get so weary of yet another bunch of old white guys trying to restrict a woman’s right to make a difficult decision, with her medical professional, what to do with her own body. This has irked me for many years.
As we know, time after time, these legislators only have one reason to pass these restrictive laws: Religion. There is no other rational argument for telling a woman she cannot have a medical procedure. And this is one of the best examples of our critical need for Separation of Religion and State.
Now, I know many people of faith who are strong supporters of a woman’s right to choose. And, I know some people of faith who are strongly anti-abortion. I usually avoid the conversation. In some ways this is the most hot-button cultural issue of our time. So, it’s not really possible to avoid. I’ve heard evangelicals say this is the main reason they elected the Faux President.
Anyway, I’m not going to spend more time on this here, but wanted to share one of the main responses I have to people who believe they are “protecting the unborn,” the “most vulnerable” and proudly vote “Right to Life.”
My response to the “Right to Life” believers:
IF I saw how you stood for the poorest among us, homeless people, refugees, those with mental illness and the elderly … IF I would see you standing to defend vulnerable kids bullied for being gay, lesbian or trans … IF you could show your great compassion for these (“the least of these”) I may gain some respect for your beliefs.
IF we could observe how you stand strong for Women’s Rights, equality and justice for women in all spheres of our culture (including your own faith community), I might have more respect for your beliefs.
IF we would see your care for ALL living things on the earth, the most defenseless against the senseless killing of the innocent creatures, maybe I could understand.
IF you showed the same kind of passionate defense for Living, Breathing Beings, human and non-human, that you show for “the unborn,” I might begin to respect your views and your faith. Otherwise, I cannot.
btw, some argue that it’s not just about religion. “A woman will feel guilty for years,” they say. Really? And you would know that? Let me ask: If there is any guilty feeling, where does that guilt come from? Reflect on that. Chances are, time and again, the guilt comes from the best source ever invented for generating guilt: religious faith.
How do you respond to the so-called “Right to Lifers”?