Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Crankypants

I've been feeling really cranky lately what with all the political rhetoric and baloney out there.  In particular I've been extremely disappointed with the very high level of seemingly acceptable misogyny.   

Can someone explain the difference between legitimate rape and illegitimate rape?  Or maybe forcible rape versus voluntary rape?  

The fact that people can say these things and aren't shamed into leaving office makes me very nervous about the future.

And then today I saw this quote on one of my favorite tumblrs:

"I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."
~Joan Chittister

This is a concept I've been trying to articulate for years.  Look, I don't think anyone likes abortion.  No one is jumping up and down with excitement when they realize that an abortion might be the best thing for their situation.  But if we get rid of it, it will go back underground and women will die.   It's really as simple as that.  Do you love your daughter, wife, sister, aunt, girlfriend?  Do you want them to die because of a botched illegal abortion? I can't imagine that anyone would answer yes.

Bottom line: if you want to see fewer abortions in this country, make birth control free and super available.

One more thought: I know there are a lot of people out there who believe the system is broken.  They might be right.  The system is not perfect.  There are definitely people out there who abuse it.  But.  It's not some five-year-old's fault that their parents are gaming the system.  Also, when that five-year-old's parents see Wall Streeters gaming the system and stealing as much as they can carry, how can you blame them for taking as much as they can get their hands on, too? 

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