The Right To Choose…(Your Candidate)


For some many of us in 2008, views on reproductive rights will help inform our Presidential choice. No matter on which side of the issue you stand, the NY Times offers a quickly accessible Election Guide that profiles each candidate and gives a breakdown of some of the main issues. It also gives a semi-informative 1st and 2nd quarter account of funds raised. The piece identifies funds by type and geographical location, but stops short of more prudent info — which individuals? Which committees? Where exactly is the money coming from and how might this later effect policy?

This post though, is about the abortion issue. More telling than each candidate’s unsurprising stance on variants of this topic – (roe v wade, late term, supreme court appointment) – are many of the quotes candidates use to substantiate their views. Those who wish to overturn roe v wade cite, almost without exception, personal belief and religious doctrine. While these are perfectly legitimate bases for one’s own decision and opinion about abortion – indeed what else are you to use when confronting this difficult issue? – this is exactly the opposite of what must be used when determining a law that would force one’s personal and religious beliefs on everyone in the country.

Too often the unspoken mentality is: Everyone should be held to my opinion and religious beliefs because my religious beliefs are the right ones. If you don’t see the light, you’re wrong and I could probably help you. In fact, this is my duty.

For example:

“My view is that after about a period of about eight weeks where there is time for a baby to form. After that period of time I think there should be no further abortions — because I think the child has emerged…” — James Gilmore, R

“I’m pro-life because I believe life begins at conception…” — Mike Huckabee, R

” Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided […] There is not a word in the text of that document, nor in any of its amendments, that conceivably addresses abortion.” — Ron Paul, R (Since when does the fact that something isn’t mentioned in the constitution make it unconstitutional? )

“And when I ran for office, I said I’d protect the law as it was, which is effectively a pro-choice position. About two years ago when we were studying cloning in our state, I said, look, we have gone too far; it’s a brave new world mentality that Roe v. Wade has given us…” — Mitt Romney, R — (Um, WHAT? pro-choicers could site “1984 mentality”, but most often don’t because, I don’t know, it’s overly generalized and wildly hyperbolic?!)

Democrats, of course have a different take on the issue. And one thing they don’t use to reinforce their position is a personal or religious belief.

“This decision, which is one of the most fundamental, difficult and soul searching decisions a woman and a family can make, is also one in which the government should have no role.” — Hilary Clinton, D

“I think that most Americans recognize that this is a profoundly difficult issue for the women and families who make these decisions. They don’t make them casually. And I trust women to make these decisions, in conjunction with their doctors and their families and their clergy…” — Barack Obama, D

When laws are made, interpreted or upheld based on religious belief or personal (political) gain we have things like abolition, slavery, laws against consenting sodomy and oral sex, and assault laws not applying to spouses, just to name a few.

I have plenty more to say on the topic, but more will come later…

Great article on the new Planned Parenthood opening in Arizona on “Blogher”.


Tags: , ,

One Response to “The Right To Choose…(Your Candidate)”

  1. revromansky Says:

    Life begins at inception. Therefore I am prolife.

    It’s bogus to think that life can be imbued by any person, political party, religion, or philosophy. Life either is or it isn’t.

    Scientifically speaking, life begins at fertilization. To purposely stop the progression of that life is, legally, morally, religiously, and ethically, murder.

    Abortion, even the use of the pill (which is often abortifacient), is murder.

    Otherwise, what is murder?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: