Normally, my babblings here are about relatively harmless
subject matter. You know, dumb TV shows and dolls and boybands
and sparkly things. Silliness and self-deprecation. Foof and
fondue. Sometimes there’re undercurrents of seriousness,
of course… I certainly have my hot-button issues about
sexism and child abuse and racial stereotypes. But I’ve
never fooled myself that I could deal with contemporary issues
and/or politics like some of my more informed and intelligent web neighbors;
that’s generally not what dwanollah.com’s all
But right now, I’m pissed. Beyond pissed. Incensed.
I was checking the latest headlines on CNN.com. What happened
to the bubonic plague vials? Is there more anthrax at post
offices? Has Robert Blake learned to shut up already? And
then I saw this:
Yes, I hate Dubya. He could walk on water and shit gold bars,
and I’d still hate his guts. So no, I’m not necessarily
Does the irony of this not strike ANYONE?
Yes, Dubya, the gun-slingin’ old west hero who is out
to avenge “the man who tried to kill my Daddy”
by forcing (oil-related) war with Iraq rather than, oh, I
don’t know, FINDING OSAMA BIN LADEN, and is making all
sorts of pushy and, yes, terrorist threats on Middle East
and Asian countries akin to what terrorist organizations have
been threatening America with, and is telling other nations
who should and who shouldn’t have “weapons of
mass destruction” even though I’m sure this country
also has a stockpile of nukes aimed at six different global
“evildoers,” yes, George “Hang ‘em
High” Death Penalty Dubya Bush, yes, THAT man HAS DECLARED
NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY?!?
I. Am. GOBSMACKED.
Does “sanctity of human life” mean he’s
going to abolish the death penalty? Promote peach in the Middle
East and diplomatic dialogue instead of heavy-handed military
action? Do a little work on the economy so the average family
can afford food and school for their 2.5 red-blooded ‘Merkin
children? Make health-care affordable? Reinstate funding for
education and women's health services and the like? No. According
to the article:
“Bush, who has supported various abortion restrictions,
called on all Americans on Sunday to ‘reaffirm the value
of human life and renew our dedication to ensuring that every
American has access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’.”
Yeah. “Every child is a priority and a blessing, and
I believe that all should be welcomed in life and protected
Admittedly, abortion is one of my major hot-button issues.
(On the other hand, I continue to struggle with my own feelings
death penalty.) But that aside, how can Dubya have a leg
to stand on with an argument like “reaffirming the value
of human life”? I guess the key should be “every
AMERICAN child,” because God knows those heathen towel-heads
don’t deserve access to “life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness,” especially if it affects the
pursuit of happiness by Americans. For God’s sweet sake,
how can we even attempt to fulfill every American’s
Constitutional RIGHT to “life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness”? What if it makes you happy to have sex
with children and farm animals? To do drugs? To beat up those
sinning faggots because they’re a threat to this
God-fearin’ country? How on EARTH is it even possible
to have such a right? Seriously.
But, according to Dubya’s language, even asking questions
like this is an “act of terrah.”
The CNN article continues with “praise” from
Pro-Lifers for “the president's proclamation”:
“ ‘It's a wonderful statement of what the pro-life
movement is really all about,’ said Darla St. Martin,
associate executive director of the National Right to Life
organization. ‘President Bush's pro-life view is clearly
grounded in his respect and concern for all people,’
HIS RESPECT AND CONCERN FOR ALL PEOPLE?! ‘Scuse my
prejudicial language and all that, but does this idiot
critical thinking skills? Has she never heard a speech
by or read an article about Dubya? Is anyone naïve –
nay, brainless – enough to think that George Dubya Bush
has RESPECT AND CONCERN FOR ALL PEOPLE? Look at his actions
in even the last week, not to mention the entirety of his
occupation of the Oval Office (and yes, that includes September
11), and try to convince me that the man has “respect
and concern for all people.”
Bullshit. Unless by “all people” you mean generally
white American people of a certain class and financial position
and sexual orientation.
And fetuses, whether wanted or not.
Dubya, despite being one of the strongest proponents of the
death penalty, and despite being clearly ready and rarin’
to send troops with guns and bombs and other “weapons
of mass destruction” into Iraq and Korea and wherever
else he’s decided the “evildoers” are, supposedly
has “respect and concern for all people?” No fucking
way. Boy am I glad to know that the man making all of this
country’s major decisions is more concerned about the
“sanctity of life” of an unborn fetus than the
sanctity of life of a child in Iraq or Korea, or that one
guy in Nacogdoches, Texas or the mother of the criminal on
death row, or, hell, EVEN THE PARENTS OF THE UNBORN FETUS
Yes, I’ve said before, I am adamantly for a woman’s
right to choose. Arguments like “it’s not a choice,
it’s a child” or “if Mary was pro-choice,
there would be no Christmas” are ludicrous and illogical.
If you don’t believe in abortion, fine. Good for you.
Then don’t have one.
But when dealing with a potential child, a potential new
person, there is so much more to take into consideration,
and most pro-life (and even a lot of pro-choice) rhetoric
tends to absurdly simplify the arguments.
Many “sanctity of life” arguments also tend to
lose interest right around the child’s birth. If life
is so “sanctified,” then why aren’t more
people concerned about what happens AFTER the child is born?
Has anyone seen what happens to children who are born into
families or to mothers who don’t want them? Go to a
prison. Look at welfare statistics. Go to a foster home. Talk
to abused children. Find out how many of those people were
planned, wanted pregnancies. Having a child is irrevocable,
and effects countless people. Should anyone be/feel FORCED
to have a child? How is that for the good of the child? The
family? The community? The country? What if you’re only
seventeen? Fifteen? Twelve? Forty-eight? Terminally ill? What
if you don’t have a job, or can’t support yourself,
much less a child? What if you just aren’t ready to
have a child? “But abortion is wrong/bad/a sin!”
pro-lifers say. But isn’t it wrong/bad/a sin to bring
an unwanted child into the world? It’s not a fucking
goldfish! It’s a CHILD. A PERSON. It will take up all
your emotional energy. Your whole life will have to change,
in every way; from now on, that child is the first priority.
It HAS to be. You don’t have a child in hopes that “maybe
this will work out” or “we’ll see what happens”!
It’s a commitment. It’s final. No do-overs. No
“Give it up for adoption,” many argue. Yeah,
like it’s that simple. Could YOU carry a child for nine
months, give birth, and then give it up for adoption? I can’t
tell you how much respect and admiration I have for the people
who can and do, because I sure as hell couldn’t! Adoption
is a wonderful option, but it’s not the answer for everyone.
Just ask the friend of mine who gave up her daughter ten years
ago in an open adoption, and still often can’t bring
herself to open up the annual envelopes with pictures of and
letters about Kathryn for weeks and months. Sure, Katy’s
being raised to know her birth mother, and her adoptive parents
are loving and supportive, but that doesn’t mean my
friend’s choice was easy and solved all her problems
just like that. For the rest of her life, she has to live
with knowing that her child isn’t really HER child.
“Well, then, use birth control!” I couldn’t
agree more. But unfortunately, birth control sometimes fails.
My mom got pregnant with me while she was on the pill, and
with my brother when she had an IUD. I got pregnant after
a one-nighter WITH a condom. Birth control is wonderful, but
not 100% effective 100% of the time. (Which is why the morning-after
pill should be readily available as well, but we’ll
get to that in a minute.)
“Then don’t have sex!” How realistic is
that? It’s easy to say to a 14-year-old… but is
it realistic? Should everyone who has sex only do so if they
want to have a child? Of course, all people who’re sexually
active need to be PREPARED for the possibility of pregnancy…
that’s one thing…. But to say you shouldn’t
have sex unless you want/plan to have a child is highly implausible.
Having a child should not be the punishment for having sex,
no matter what the circumstance. Because how is that going
to benefit the child?
Abortion is also an option, and no, it’s not for everyone.
But it needs to be there. I’m not just talking for the
extreme circumstances – rape, incest, tubal pregnancies
or other conditions that could be life-threatening to the
mother. Abortion needs to be an option for those conditions
as well. But what if every pregnant teen didn’t have
that option? What if every single woman who got pregnant was
forced – FORCED – to have that child, no matter
what the personal circumstances, because a blanket law has
been passed that assumes that all pregnancies and all fetuses
are sacred, therefore simplifying an incredibly complicated
issue to an ironically inhumane scale? Really. What would
happen to those children after they were born? What would
their lives be like?
So, it’s “not a choice, it’s a child”…?
What about the woman who was pregnant as a result of rape?
The married couple that already have three/six/eleven children?
The girl still in high school? The woman who doesn’t
want to have children, ever, because her own parents were
such fuck-ups? The woman who receives test results that the
pregnancy is going to threaten her life? The woman who receives
test results that the fetus is severely physically and/or
mentally deformed? The girl in college? The woman who stupidly
had sex without birth control? The woman whose birth control
failed? The mildly-retarded 13-year-old who didn’t understand.
Extreme or banal, each is an individual situation; you can’t
just make one moral statement about their pregnancies being
“sacred” and expect it to apply equally! What
would happen to those children after they were born?