Friday, August 24, 2012

Children Are Not Chattel

There are lots of words being thrown about about women, the election, stupid politicians, and the presumption that all women are pro-choice.  We can agree on many things.  One is that from time-to-time politicians will say stupid things.  Whether it's declaring we have 57 states, almost anything a couple of vice presidents have said, or certain candidates in Missouri.  

I am a pro-life woman.  It's not because I'm over 50.  I was pro-life in high school. I remember having a huge argument with my then boyfriend over the issue.  There was one sure way of not getting pregnant and that was my course of action (non-action?).  He couldn't get that I saw conception as the creation of life.  

I believe that every life have value and is deserving of human dignity.  Children are not chattel to be disposed of at will.  Children are not chattel to be gotten rid of because they are an inconvenience.  

I cannot support candidates that are willing to commit gendercide.  The allowing of abortion ONLY because the child is a girl.  How is this pro-woman?  This is one of the worst examples of a war on women.

Illinois state Senator Obama three times opposed a state bill to provide legal protection for babies who are born alive during abortions.  It is not enough to take the life of a child in the womb.  It is permissible to kill a child outside the womb.  

I can hear some now, "But what about rape and incest?"  First, let's be honest.  If we're talking incest we are talking about rape.  How did that become the catch phrase?  In what other area do we demand that a child be put to death for the crime of the father?  I know many families and organizations that would gladly help support the woman during pregnancy; this includes housing, medical, counseling, and the adopt the child if she decides she is not ready to be a mother.  How often is that option even discussed?  

Recently someone screamed at me, "What about the children already in poverty?"  That's why pro-life organizations around the country collect infant supplies and help support young mothers.  Feminists for Life is a wonderful organization that works to support women who have made the tough decision to raise their children.  Then there are the food banks, social service programs, etc., that are run by churches to offer assistance.  My church has a job club to help people improve their skills to find a job or get a better job to support their families.  

"What about the death penalty?"  Sorry, I'm womb-to-tomb pro-life. I don't support the death penalty.  I do want to ask when we began equating an unborn child with a convicted felon.  

I could discuss the racist funds that support Planned Parenthood, the eugenics philosophy of Margaret Sanger, or the selfish idea that children are disposable if they are inconvenient.  I'm choosing not to do that.  Let me just close with the basic idea:

Children are not chattel and are deserving of basic human dignity.  

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