How many of you atheist are pro-life? Just curious
Sister Joan Chittister, a nun in the Catholic church has this to say: "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." [popsugar.com]
Since apparently there is not a definition forthcoming from the poster, I'll tell you my definition. I think if you are going to be 'pro-life' you must not ONLY support the unborn fetus. You MUST support care for both potential child and mother during the pregnancy, you must support appropriate medical care after birth for both mother and child, you must make sure that all humans are fed and housed and offered opportunities to access education and health-care for life, you must treat everyone wounded in body, mind and spirit in wartime, and you must provide care for the elderly. Now, as far as I'm concerned, if you only are opposed to abortion, you are NOT pro-life, you are just anti-abortion.
Pro-choice all the way! And I mean real choices with viable economic options for women who may prefer to give birth. Women who feel ambivalent should have access to knowledgeable, empathic counseling so they don't feel pressured into whatever choices they make. Privacy, dignity and safety for all women.
Many people that I know that identify themselves as "pro-life" are just pro birth. Once the child is born, the parents and the child on on their own. Even if puts the parents in a life of poverty, hardships and sometimes it hampers their future education.
I am very much pro-choice. Anti-abortion activism forgets a number of important things, not the least of which is that considering life to begin as soon as the sperm enters the egg makes nature the biggest abortionist, since a notable percentage of fertilized eggs do not implant.
Another problem I have is that the fetus is inside the woman as a parasite, and that creates health burdens and risks that are generally ignored by anti-abortion folks.
Finally, abortions will happen. If you care about life, making such procedures safe is better than ending up with senseless deaths from botched procedures.
I think, like most people, I view abortion as a last resort, when giving birth will cause immense suffering for all involved. In the past, when abortion was outlawed, it led to risky procedures that often resulted in great harm or death. I don’t believe the state has any business telling people what they’re allowed to with their own body. Obviously, we just don’t do enough for sex education, birth control, and new mother support — actions that would reduce the need for abortions — but the stupids seem to prefer pretending that’s not the problem. So it goes.
I can understand the pro-life argument (hypocritical tho I think it often is), but I still think this is a decision best left to the mother. I'm far more in favor of measures that have been shown to effectively reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.