I grew up in a very strict Roman Catholic household. We went to all Holy Days of Obligation. During Lent we gave up meat on Fridays. I still have scabs on my knees from praying rosaries in front of a statue of the Blessed Mother. I grew up knowing we were Catholic, Pro-life, and republican. Eventually, like most kids I just grew up; well my wife may have other thoughts, but for the sake of the article lets just say I began to think for myself. I began to read different opinions, which was frowned upon by my parents. What has caused me to accept as the truth, is that the true pro-lifers are democrats.
The little secret that Republicans don’t want you to know is that abortions are only a small part of the pro-life culture. I will not be debating Roe Vs. Wade here. They are more than enough articles, blogs, and books written on this subject. I would like to say that even if you are against abortion, you have to admit there has to be a better way to get your point across than screaming at a young girl about to make the hardest decision of her life. What I would like to talk about is the mission statement of the National Right to Life which is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death.
The first issue I have with the GOP saying they are the pro-life party is their love of the death penalty. Now you could make the argument that the mission statement says innocent life and you could say well, these guys are not innocent. However we have seen decades old cases of people being released due to DNA. If even one of these men or women is innocent the defense of protecting human life until NATURAL DEATH is a failure. There may be a few cases that are cut and dried but we don’t just put to death the ones that are obvious or admitted. The Catholic Church has allowed for the death penalty but only in cases where it is the only solution to stop an individual from murder. In our society this will never be the case. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons they currently at the time of this writing have 189,130 prisoners and according to a 2013 Government Accounting Office report 7.1% of that population is in solitary confinement. Know without going into the problems of our penal system, this number would suggest we can protect people from those that continue to post a danger.
The next part I would like to bring up is sure to anger many died in the wool conservative right, healthcare. If the aim is truly to protect human life, healthcare is vital. As one of the richest nations on the planet we cannot look at the population and say “OK, you have very aggressive cancer, how much do you make a year and who is your insurance carrier?”. Either we take care of everyone no matter what their income level or we just admit all lives are based on potential earnings. 32 of the 33 developed nations have Universal Healthcare. As of right now the US is one of them and to leave this would be beyond cruel. I once saw a Canadian citizen post “Yes, we pay more in taxes for healthcare but if that means a 20 year old doesn’t have to start a GO FUND ME campaign so he can get a transplant I am OK with that.” Me too, and this came from a guy that thinks hockey is the greatest sport ever and ham is bacon.
Third on my list is the refugees. I mean seriously, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS COUNTRY THINKING!! You want to save unborn babies but not refugee children? Are we such a self absorbed nation that we only want to save our own citizens, unborn or not, and tough luck to the rest of the world. It says, defend every innocent life, not every innocent life that has a US Passport. In 1939 things were heating up in Germany and a group of 900 Jewish Germans boarded a ship called the St. Louis and set sail for Cuba and the US. Due to fear of the immigrants they were turned back to Germany, 254 died in the Holocaust. Does any thing here ring a bell?
Next up, a livable wage. A livable wage is not a handout or for those to lazy to get a job. It is about making sure that the single mom working two jobs can afford to put food on the table. Its about making sure that the old guy bagging your groceries can go home to warm house and lights to his wife. This is not a greedy proposal and it is doable. I have heard the arguments that everything would just go up and people still wouldn’t have a living wage. OK then lets combine welfare reform with this idea. Rather than having people who get a job lose their benefits, they get amended benefits. Say they get a job at the local burger shack they are bringing home 1,200 month. Say living wage is 2,300 a month. I would be more than happy with my tax dollars going to 1,100 dollars worth of groceries and utility help. Oil Change International has stated that the US spends $37.5 Billion dollars in Oil Subsides. The 5 major oil companies made $93 Billion last year. If you have profits of $93 billion dollars I think you can squeak by without handouts from the government. I think maybe the poor guy making less than $10 dollars and hour might need a little more help.
The GOP can stand in front of an American Flag and holler about the killing of innocent unborn children but at some point they need to come to terms with the millions of living people that need help. They can scream about the sanctity of life, but then they need to kneel down and explain to a 9 year old with Leukemia that her parents don’t make enough to get the treatment, she will have to die. Let them shut down all the Planned Parenthoods but make them eat their country club dinners in front of a single mom with hungry kids. Allow them to keep their death penalty, but if they make a mistake one of them has to sacrifice their life. Until that day I consider the Democratic Party the Right to Life Party.