The Pro-Life Pissing Contest: Part 1

I’m rather sick of supposed pro-lifers. You know the ones. They sit on the internet calling other pro-lifers names because they don’t hold exactly the same believes on how pro-life work should be carried out. Or they will do nothing to support pro-life efforts of anything short of the immediate outlaw of abortion. These people are so focused on their politics that they seem to totally miss the purpose of the pro-life movement, which is to end abortion.

Before I get into this further, let me give you a little background lest you think I’m just some random person on the internet. I have been active the last 4 or 5 years, as much as time allows, with running a pregnancy resource center and prolife ministry. I deal with every aspect of the operation, from sorting donations to writing grants to handling the social media and website. I’ve been there at 6 am to meet contractors and left at 3 am after working all day on a newsletter.

I’ve set up programs that get books into the hands of children, toys under their Christmas tree, and reduce the cost of diapers to families whose budget is already stretched thin.

I’ve been to prayer vigils, conferences, banquets, and rallies.

I have seen the look in a mother’s eyes who thought they had nowhere to turn, father’s who couldn’t make their paycheck stretch far enough to get their kids winter coats, and grandmothers who suddenly have custody of their grandchildren after they were removed from their parents care.

So, I know a bit about the pro-life movement.

However, I’m more a practicarian when it comes to politics, the pro-life mission and to charity in general.

Don’t promote evil, and get off your ass and do something to actually help others rather than just bitching on the internet about how unfair life is and expect others to it for you. (And no, I don’t mean you personally, unless you fall into the latter category and then yes, I do mean you.)

Now, onward.

For quite a while now, there seems to be this pissing contest going on. A small, but rather loud and obnoxious, minority have taken it upon themselves to attack other pro-lifers for “doing it wrong.”

I’m sorry, but I think these people have lost site of the pro-life mission, which, was started to end abortion. That is it. Some circles have decided to expand that term to mean things that it never did and others that see this as the absolutely bare minimum that they need to do.

There is nothing wrong with having debates over the methods used to end abortion. Healthy debate is a good thing. The problem comes in when pro-lifers focus more on being right than on ending abortion.

The Mark Shea types

If you don’t know who Mark Shea is, he’s a Catholic apologist (or was that last time I knew), who has gone off the deep end into politics. He lost his job at the National Catholic Register over his rabid anti-Republican stances and now blogs on Patheos.

He’s turned into a rather self-righteous jerk who attacks pro-lifers who don’t believe EXACTLY how he does and makes claims about “human shields.” It’s total bullshit, but he sticks by it and has many followers. I quit following him when he went from attacking ideas to attacking people.

So what do the Mark Shea types advocate? In simple terms, socialism (sort of). They are advocates of the “seamless garment” idea that abortion is just one of many many issues and that one has to focus on all of the issues and not just abortion. If one doesn’t advocate for the government to provide for every person from conception to natural death, then they’re not really pro-life. Which is also total bullshit, if you hold to Catholic teaching and believe Pope Francis and his predecessors about the evils of socialism and communism.

The wonderful thing about this country is that, if you feel strongly enough about an issue, you can start a charity to implement your idea.  If you believe that everyone should have health insurance paid on their behalf, you only need to convince about 300 million other people to help fund it. This is well within the mandates of Jesus to care for the poor. It also keeps control of the funding and application in the hands of people who actually care about those in need and out of the hands of people who owe political favors.

The biggest problem with government is that they are not beholden to our beliefs. We may have every good intention of supporting every single person from conception to death, but the rules of how that works are in the hands of people who aren’t beholden to our intentions. They could use our money against us.

One only has to look at the last administration to see how not only can the money we would like to see used to care for the poor being poored into Planned Parenthood and other organizations that push evil, but also in rules that try to force others, like the Little Sisters of the Poor, to commit evil acts.

The other problem with government controlled programs is that funding comes and goes as political whims change. Programs that do great good end when politicians need to pay back political favors. For my organization that does a lot of referrals to other agencies, it’s a nightmare trying to keep track of which ones still exist and which don’t. Many only last a year, others have their program requirements changed on a regular basis. All due to political schizophrenia.

That’s what you get with government. Advocating for government to take over such vitally important things is very much like shooting yourself in the foot to stop a headache.

So it doesn’t help when the Mark Shea types make claims that those that don’t agree with their socialist views (the Pope doesn’t either btw) are somehow “pro-birth” rather than pro-life and that Republicans use abortion victims as “human shields.”

For those that don’t know, let me explain. The claim is that Abortion is used to provide cover for the icky platforms that Shea doesn’t like. (I’m not sure what they have against jobs, small businesses and Constitutional freedoms and frankly, I don’t care.) Other than Abortion, Republicans are evil and aren’t pro-life at all. They slander every Republican and Pro-lifer that doesn’t agree that the government should be the be all and end all of the pro-life movement.

Not being the trusting sort, I did look into his claims and the claims of people like him. Many he is slandering actually got off their ass and set up pregnancy resource centers and other charities to help women who are pregnant. That help doesn’t end when the child is born.

But for some people, help isn’t really help unless it comes from the government.  It doesn’t matter to them that Republicans by far are the biggest supporters of charities, not only with their time, but also with their talent and their money. Those people aren’t being forced by the government to help others, they are doing it voluntarily.

And thanks to being overly long winded on this subject, I will continue this in another post or two or three.

 

 

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