Abortion/Healthcare Controversy


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.


Anonymous said...

abortion. . . it seems so out of place as a defining issue of the Democratic Party. Ya know?

pastor mack said...

The odd part about this debate is that it is precisely those people most dissatisfied with the government's perceived injustices, problems, and imperfections who are hell-bent on giving it the power to control health care. If the powers-that-be can't handle war, justice, taxes, etc., then why let them slowly takeover the health care system? If the system is as bad as some claim, then the answer is the conservative answer a la Edmund Burke: not more government, but less. Otherwise you are feeding a hungry lion that will eventually be big enough to devour you.

Peter said...

I understand that argument Pastor, but the only thing I trust less than the competency of the government is the whim of the masses. I don't think history offers a very promising indicator for the broad necessary compassion and charity necessary to sustain the poor and underrepresented.

Anonymous said...

I just happened upon your site while searching for the latest on the universal healthcare controversy. Your perspective is very genuine, insightful and well articulated, Peter. Thanks for being confident enough to post your internal conflict for all of the wide world web to see. More people should learn from your example rather than following the masses. Well done.

Anonymous said...

You are of course ignoring the obvious, that abortion is the murder of an INNOCENT.

God says that He knew you - yes you - in the womb. He knows everyone in the womb (unless that's part of the "errant" bible you choose to ignore). And you, as a follower of Christ, think we as a people should fund the ripping and tearing of that person God knows from the womb before they've ever had a chance to breath?

Have you ever looked at it this way? That you are preventing yet another soul from potentially glorifying and serving God throughout an entire lifetime? That God will not be able to delight in that person through fellowship? That a person won't have the chance to choose Him through free will, to His glory? That Christ's church on the earth will be less than it could have been?

That doesn't sound like the love of Christ to me.

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