I’ve wondered about this from time to time, whenever Republicans start pandering to “pro-life” voters. How can candidates make serious public policy which controls women’s lives and affects items ranging from women’s health to the overall economy, based on their favorite campaign slogan, “I believe life begins at conception”?
Rachel Maddow, whom I have a big fat news crush on, and who, so far, has yet to return my many many calls, emails, text messages, notes, cards, flowers, or spray paint on the street in front of her house (Restraining order? Maddow, you are SUCH a kidder – call me!), hit the nail on the head recently on her show. Her focus was Mitt Romney, but she could have focused on just about any Republican who throws the “life begins at conception” slogan around, without those Republicans knowing or caring where that rhetorical logic leads.
Get this, people: politicians who claim to care about your precious little fetus actually care more about controlling your lives, a curious conclusion for the same “conservative” politicians who claim to want to make government inconsequential. If they cared about your fetus, they would also care about it after its actual birth, and would insist on ensuring you have the tools you need to feed it, clothe it, educate it, and keep it healthy. Ironically, those are the things Jesus told us all to do. That would be the same Jesus who never mentioned an opinion either way about aborting it, or keeping the damn thing quiet on airplanes and in restaurants. Yet, those things that Jesus said? They’re are the first things to go when that Republican starts cutting a budget.
Your assumption that Republican politicians’ level of caring about your precious little fetus extends only to your ability to abort it when those little bedroom boo-boos happen? It’s not true. It’s never been true. Your life will be so much more controlled than that.
A few Republican politicians are starting to admit that they’re really after women’s birth control. Most have not admitted it, but that’s the effect of what they say they believe. Maddow explains it such that even that Republican politician should be able to understand:
Texas State Representative Wayne Christian is one of the few Republican politicians to publicly come clean on the issue. His admission:
“Well of course this is a war on birth control and abortions and everything, that’s what family planning is supposed to be about,” Christian said.
Christian’s comments were made in the context of the Texas Legislature recently passing legislation, which now-Presidential candidate Rick Perry supported, cutting family planning funding by millions, and requiring women to submit to an invasive sonogram at last 24 hours before an abortion.
Republican candidates for President can pander to the “pro-life” crowd if they want, but they don’t get to re-invent the biological facts associated with their pandering, nor should they continue to be allowed to continue to ignore the stark realities associated with the real life effects of that pandering.