The pro-lifers probably mean well, but they are in fact life-affirming hypocrites.
First, it should be stated that no one in their right mind would want an abortion just because it is legal. And no one should want an abortion because it provides for an easy way out of a "social activity" mistake, irresponsible sexual attitudes, or because a woman or couple changes her/their mind about wanting to give birth to a child.
That said, it is also not the right of anyone - especially those who call themselves "pro-life" - to legislate away the legal right of a "responsible" abortion (yes, they do exist), responsible access and use of contraception & birth control, and funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood that prevent unwanted pregnancies and promote responsible parenthood through a plethora of educational efforts, including abstinence education.
Unfortunately, so much of the Pro-life movement is has become simply a personal repression effort for "no sex without marriage and only between a man and a woman."
Moreover, let it be stated that pro-lifers can be rightly in favor of the life of the unborn. And pro-lifers say they will do anything for the unborn.
In reality, though, the pro-life movement, usually being out of the evangelical Republican mindset, does not want to take any financial responsibility for the unwanted children they force on a parent or parents (and society) once a fetus becomes a born child. Let me state this fact once again: Pro-life evangelicals are more often neoRepublican extremists who do not want to pay taxes to provide for orphans, the poor, the disenfranchised, the rights of women to make responsible decisions, or any population of Americans who do not fit their rigid belief system.
More succinctly, pro-lifers are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months or birth. After that, they don't care what happens to the newborn. They don't want to hear about it. And they certainly don't want to be responsible economically for its welfare. Some so-called pro-lifers even think any form of contraception is "murder."
Taxes: Pro-lifers, who for the most part are right wing, anti-government evangelicals, simply don't want to pay the taxes needed to provide neonatal care, day care, Head Start, free school lunchs, food stamps, single mother welfare - in effect nothing that is needed to pay for the services that their anti-abortion actions are creating. As far as the pro-lifers are concerned, if single mothers with a child needs help so the mother can work to responsibly care for the child, too bad. Let the born child live in poverty - or worse, starve.
In other words, if something involves paying taxes or taking almost any other form of economic responsibility, an unwanted baby is no longer the pro-lifers' problem. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're on your own.
Contraception: The most hypocritical logic of the pro-lifers is they don't want government or corporate health care plans to pay for or even provide contraception, the primary product and behavior needed to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and thus abortions. Apparently it is against their religious beliefs to have sex outside of marriage; sex is ONLY for procreation. In other words, one should not have passion, or "lust" as the evangelicals call it - even in a monogamous relationship, especially if it is without childhood committment.
Fine, if that is everyone's very personal choice. But it is not. And most teenagers, responsible young adults and mature women are not wired for such rigid religious beliefs, making abstainance only "contraception" a very risky and irresponsible solution.
Besides, how great can abstainance be if the modeling behavior young adults see from their evangelical pro-life elders is so hypocritical: 1) Catholic priests sexually abusing children, 2) evangelical ministers having sex with married parishioners, and 3) Republican "family values" politicians having affairs with staff women and sex with prostitutes, or having gay sex in bathrooms at airports? These are not great examples of role modeling for evangelical abstainance.
Soldiers: Pro-lifers do eventually care about all born children again - when they reach military age. Then they think our children are patriots and heroes when they can send them to die in US corporate and crusade-like religious wars. Pro-lifers will easily send them off to fight Christian capitalism wars against heathen enemies - who for some strange reason has "our oil under their sand."
As the late comedian George Carlin sardonically jokes: "It appears right wingers want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers."
Murder as Pro-life If these people are pro-life, why do they kill doctors and physically threaten medical professionals and pregnant women at Planned Parenthood facilities? What kind of pro-life is that? They say they’ll do anything they can to save a fetus; but if it grows up to be an abortion doctor, nurse or Planned Parenthood provider, they might have to kill.
They are not pro-life. They're anti-woman. They don't like women. Women are second class citizens.
Pro-lifers deep down must believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for their husbands - or in the case of right wing big government mandatory sonogram laws - broodmares for the state.
Perplexingly and sadly, pro-life (mostly Republican) women, or Adam’s rib voters (as we call them at SoberMoney), go along with these right wing anti-women regulatory schemes that the mostly white male bully politicians impose on women.
Adoptions? If the pro-lifers are so pro-life, why don't see many white anti-abortion Adam’s rib women volunteering to adopt unwanted ghetto babies from drug addicted mothers? Apparently that might be something Jesus Christ would do.
Is a fetus a human being?
If a fetus is a human being, how come the government census doesn't count a fetus as part of the population?
If a fetus is a human being, how come when there's a miscarriage the pro-lifers don't have a funeral, where they pay the mortician thousands of dollars to handle and honor the unborn fetus?
And if a fetus is a human being, how come people say "we have two children and one on the way" - instead of saying "we have three children?"
Pro-lifers say life begins at conception. So let’s look at these anti-abortion arguments.
The really hardcore pro-lifers will tell you life begins at fertilization. Fertilization is when the sperm fertilizes the egg. But even after the egg is fertilized, it's still six or seven days before it reaches the uterus and pregnancy begins, and very few fertilized eggs makes it that far. Thus, eighty percent of a woman's fertilized eggs are naturally rinsed and flushed out of her body once a month during her menstrual cycle. These are fertilized eggs, life that began at conception.
So, what the pro-lifers are telling us is that any woman who's had a menstrual cycle during or after sex is a serial killer?
Consistent Rhetoric Catholics and the pro-life Christians are against abortions; but they're also against LGBT citizens. The LGBT community is an entire class of people almost guaranteed never to have an abortion! Yet the Catholics and Christians just toss them aside as sub-human. Evangelical hypocrisy!
And while looking for consistency in religion, most of these Cardinals, Bishops and pro-life male politicians have never experienced pregnancy, or labor pains - and they've probably never raised children on minimum wage or unemployed or had to work without childcare.
When most of these pro-lifers have experienced these life situaltions, we will all be glad to hear what they have to say about abortion.
And finally, where was the outrage of the pro-lifers while the evangelical George W. Bush and their hated Barack Obama was leading the US military - killing thousands of Arab mothers and children during the bombings of Iraq and Afghanistan wars?
And what about the hundreds of Gazan children killed during each Israeli invasion, with the blessing of the evangelical pro-life Republicans? Where were the pro-lifers then?
"The only human trait more damaging than ignorance is hypocrisy."