Thoughts on being objectively pro-life, Susan G. Komen and the President’s actions

First, I am pro-life. Second, I do not believe that laws will ever give anyone the satisfactory answer to this. As a good Democrat, I believe that education and economics will lead to decreased abortions. Further, evidence bares that out. Also, the term ‘abortion’ has been so politicized, it is difficult to actually speak about anything that looks like the cessation of the life of the fetus. The idea that the removing of a mound of flesh which is only human at the DNA level is still considered a late-term abortion is nothing but a political move. Being pro-life doesn’t end at birth, however. I don’t believe in the death penalty; I support governmental programs which enable a quality of life. I also support the life of the mother.

I do not support the President’s actions in mandating that religious institutions go against their beliefs and offer birth control. I understand that President’s reasoning, however:

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I think about honor killings, female genital mutilation, Sabbath rest, kosher foods, and polygamy, somethings which are inherent in several world religions. For many, there are not political protections and for others, we find out right legal prevention. We have asked them to go against their religious  beliefs to live in a pluralistic society. However, many of those things are allowed within the confines of the religious institution. Sabbath Rest, kosher food, even snake handling, and other religious beliefs are freely exercised by religious institutions with little or no hindrance from the Government. If this was a life saving measure, then yes, I would agree that the Government, as it defends its citizens, must step in. As a matter of fact, as I read the words of Catholic Church, birth control of some form is allowed in some cases, including the health of the person. Another factor I’ve considered in this, in my response to this, is that for the most part, we live in a country where employment is not controlled. In other words, I could find a job and not be pushed into one by an outside force. For instance, I don’t agree with strip clubs. I’m not going to work there. Second, I’ve considered the idea that on the whole, clinics offer birth control for women at free or reduced rates. To push this on religious institutions which are serving the common good is to begin to push the religious institutions to consider whether or not to be effective in society, they must cease to be who they are.

Be sure to check out this post on fact checking some of this. I may need to reconsider some statements.

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Yesterday, the story broke that the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a cancer research and awareness organization, would cease from supporting Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is, of course, the evil abortion provider which has become the favorite whipping post of the Conservative Right. Now, with a new Vice-President, Komen will no longer donate to Planned Parenthood monies which went to support poor women in fighting breast  and other cancers by early detection. The issue with Planned Parenthood is that for many, they see it as an abortion providing service; in fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Abortions, and I have to use that term because I don’t know what they really are, amount to only 3% of the total procedures done by Planned Parenthood. I caution you to consider that not every abortion involves the cessation of life. Komen bowed to political pressure which will have the unintended consequences of hurting more women than helping.

This is from the Planned Parenthood website:

Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 76 percent of our clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood services help prevent more than 584,000 unintended pregnancies each year.

Planned Parenthood provides nearly 770,000 Pap tests and nearly750,000 breast exams each year, critical services in detecting cancer.

Planned Parenthood provides more than four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.

Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs to more than1.1 million young people and adults each year.

Whether or not you support abortion for any reason, and by abortion, I mean the unnatural cessation of life, the fact that Planned Parenthood, in 97% of their health services, offers family planning, free cancer screenings for women, and treatments for STD’s should be enough to consider that the notion that all they do, or even the majority that they do, is provide abortion is a false one used to engender support for Conservative Right causes.

I detest abortion, and the more so when I look at my three children, the more so when I consider the great minds who would have been lost had they been aborted, the more so when I consider the great minds, hearts, and spirits which have been lost because of elective abortion. The cure, though, is a long process of many treatments. We must first treat the fact the idea that a law will someone prevent abortions and not force women to mutilate themselves. Second, a treatment must be made to de-politicize the debate. Third, we must treat the notion that being pro-life excludes abortion for all reasons and ends at birth. Fourth, we must not let people suffer because of the fear of being branded poorly. Five, the Church must step up to the plate in being a community which heals.

Now, I know this may anger some of you, but I ask you to consider, slowly, what I’m saying here.

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Post By Joel Watts (9,925 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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13 thoughts on Thoughts on being objectively pro-life, Susan G. Komen and the President’s actions

  1. I’m pretty sure the Komen foundation’s hands were tied, as their by-laws require them to de-fund any organization under congressional investigation. (At least that is what I read.) That said, no amount of good work can in my mind erase the fundamental callous disregard for human life that marks the PP organization in general. They are institutionally racist, have no problem breaking the law, and market themselves in vile and disgusting ways. In short, they are wholly undeserving of even a modicum of support. If cancer screening needs to be funded in an area, then a clinic or some other non-profit can pick up the slack.

      • Institutional Racism: 1) PP was founded on the principles of eugenics and though they no longer embrace the idea they still target minority neighborhoods. 2) PP in multiple states was shown to willingly and without difficulty accept the donations of people posing as racists who demanded that donated funds be designated for specific minorities

        Willingness to flout the law: Undercover videos of PP show local directors aiding what they believed to be underage pimping operations and in one instance even going so far as to explain to the pimp how he can avoid police detection.

        Vile marketing: The most obvious example that comes to mind is when PP printed a bunch of shirts as a fundraiser that declared in large letters: “I had an abortion.” I understand that the poor in particular are put in a difficult place, and I have only compassion for someone who feels they have to abort a baby rather than watch it starve. However, the idea of people walking around flaunting abortions on t-shirts is just purely disgusting.

        • Jeremiah, I’ll check out the first one.

          the second charge, however, has been misreported, or underreported.

          the third one, yup. vile

  2. i dont believe that PP owned/leased or operated any mamogram machines. Apparently, the screenings were self examinations which are not realible. Dont think for one moment poor women will lose access to breast cancer exams.

  3. I am against abortion….however, I do not consider that I, or the government, has the right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do concerning a early-term fetus. Regarding the administration ruling, I think it was not smart politically in an election year. To quote “the President’s actions in mandating that religious institutions go against their beliefs and offer birth control”….there are two parties involved with this decision. One, the organization that is suppose to provide health care options. Two, the employee, who may or may not be a member of the religion of the employing organization. It seems to me that the rule forces the organization to provide a selective type of health care available to all employees elsewhere. So the organization has a problem. However, the ruling guarantees the rights of the employee, who may or may not be a member of the religion. As such, if the employee is a Catholic, they shouldn’t accept the benefit, because of their personal beliefs. But if the employee is not Catholic, and they want the benefit, why should they be denied the health benefit that everyone else is entitled to? So it is a classic, business (even though a religious organization) right verses an employee right. Why should an employee be denied coverage if they want it, while the same benefit is provided to other employees of non-religious employers? The basis of most employment is “equal opportunity” regardless of religion. What if a religion is poor/limited in assets, and they want to pay someone below minimum wage. Is this OK? What if the religion believes in prayer for healing only? Should they be allowed to hire employees, and provide them a bible instead of health care benefits? If they hire “non-members”, they have an obligation to provide benefits just as all other non-religious employers do. Otherwise, they should only hire Catholics. Of course, then they will not recieve FEDERAL funding for their services. So it all comes down to how badly they want Federal money.

  4. “1) PP was founded on the principles of eugenics and though they no longer embrace the idea they still target minority neighborhoods.”

    False on all counts. Like many people at the time, Margaret Sanger believed in some principals of eugenics. PP was founded though to promote women’s health and the ability to make choices for their own body. Eugenics never entered into it. And PP doesn’t target minority neighborhoods. It provides services to poor ones. A still present truth is that minority neighborhoods are still often the poorest ones. Don’t blame PP for going where they are needed.

    “2) PP in multiple states was shown to willingly and without difficulty accept the donations of people posing as racists who demanded that donated funds be designated for specific minorities. ”

    Some malicious people with have repeatedly attempted to entrap PP with tactics such as pretending to be racists wanting more abortions for black people. They have never succeeded at what they attempt to do, proving that PP is racist somehow. It doesn’t stop them from claiming victory anyways.

    “Willingness to flout the law: Undercover videos of PP show local directors aiding what they believed to be underage pimping operations and in one instance even going so far as to explain to the pimp how he can avoid police detection. ”

    See above.

    “However, the idea of people walking around flaunting abortions on t-shirts is just purely disgusting.”

    Why? The fact that you use the word “disgusting” says lot more about you than the people wearing such shirts.

  5. At this time, 40 years post Roe v. Wade, I think it is impossible to be pro-life, a Democrat and a Christian. I tried that. Finally, you just have to wake up. 54 million dead babies and you’re trying to kid yourself into thinking Planned Parenthood is about something other than killing babies for money. The blindness of the Germans in the 1930s was nothing compared to Christians in the USA in the 21st century. The cancer rate for women using birth control and/or getting abortions is much higher than the general population. Suicide rates for women who’ve had abortions is much higher than those who carry to term. Abortion numbers just go up and up as contraception is encouraged, and now urged on young teens, and given free by mandate of our government. Abortionists make much more money per “delivery” than the ob/gyn who delivers a full term baby. An abortionist can do 4 before lunch and not be bothered with all those pesky office visits for 6-8 months and midnight labor; it’s about greed, it’s about death, it is anti-life, it is anti-Christian. 40% of abortions are for black women–but you’ll be told it’s not racist? 93% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted–but you have nothing against disabled people? You are really conflicted.

    • A lot of GOP talking points, to be sure. And yet, even with GOP CONTOLLED governments, no change. They just kill people in different ways.

      You can be pro-life and Democrat, but I still find it difficult to explain a Christian Republican

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