I'm not going to understate how complicated the issue of abortion is, for me. Not just because my background was conservative evangelical, but because the history of the Christian church has been pretty consistently against abortion, from the 1st Century C.E. I can't just let that ethos go, and the idea of being "consistently pro-life" (pro-women, pro-welfare, anti-death penalty) does resonate with me. But that doesn't "solve" or answer the question for me, by any stretch. I believe in women's rights, and don't believe in legislating morality (unless it's for the protection of others... ah, yes... I know how you feel). It's hard to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Especially if their shoes happen to be more painful to walk in (as is often the case). So I remain conflicted - which is a luxury I'm aware that I have as a man, middle class and with good medical insurance. Neither side - neither irony - is lost on me.
But I do find the rationale of today's block of any public access to abortion, via the proposed healthcare plan, a little jarring - after all:
- I'm against war. Why should I have had to pay taxes to fund the murder, rendition and torture of thousands of people - including civilians?
- I'm against the subjugation of women. Why should my tax dollars have to help underwrite the exemptions of those fundamentalist churches propagating misogyny (who subversively and dishonestly engage in rampant politicking) because they are - supposedly - non-profit?
- I'm against the outrageous incarceration of a third of black men in America. I don't like having to pay to support racially oppressive policing.
- I'm against the enforcement of anti-marijuana laws (heh, yes, insert jokes here). I think my tax dollars are wasted on weed when they could be fighting meth and crack and contemporary Christian music.
I'm against a whole lot of things that my tax dollars go toward, but all of those things happen to be legal. That's the "curse" of living in a society with laws.
I'm sure someone else could argue this far better than I can. I'm sure plenty of you could argue against me quite effectively. But something about all this, today, strikes me as wrong - the wrong method and venue for this debate.