Note: This post will likely cause me grief but it has to be said. To preface this I am pro-life and anti-abortion. I fully support my Church’s stand on abortion. At the same time I am becoming more and more appalled by the less than informed, often illogical and many times uncharitable comments made by those who claim to be pro-life on subjects other than abortion that they no little or nothing about. This post may come across as harsh but I mean it that way with no apology.
Recently I have seen some conversations and blogs by “pro-life” individuals lately that make me shake my head in bewilderment. I am beginning to wonder if some people in the “pro-life” movement have lost all sense of reality. I also am beginning to wonder if pro-life people are becoming the greatest threat to the pro-life movement.
What I saw today was a conversation by some in the pro-life movement about government’s efforts to ensure that the Swine Flu does not reach epidemic or pandemic status. What I saw was to put it mildly, idiotic, unethical and un-Christian. In fact I would view it as an argument that as a minimum seriously calls into question the judgment of these people. At worst such actions and statements make me seriously if they are truly “pro-life” at all, and not just simply anti-abortion and the hell with everything else concerning life, especially if it deals with already living and breathing people.
The basic argument of these people, who I assume are well meaning, is that they object and find unreasonable government efforts to respond to the Swine Flu outbreak. They called this into question because the “government supports abortion which kills millions of pre-born babies every year.” Another commentator, who obviously knows nothing about influenza or other infectious diseases, made very uninformed comments about the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919. This idiot attempted to minimize it talking about the fact that medicine has advanced and there is better sanitation. Others were spouting inane comments like “woord!” I have to assume this is something like the Marine “oorah!”
Unfortunately there is a severe moral and ethical disconnect in the argument. The problem with this whole line of reasoning says that we will fight like hell for the unborn but the hell with the “Post-born” simply because we are angry at the governments policy against the unborn. Sorry, if you are truly pro-life they all count the same. Just because the “pro-life” movement has fixated on abortion doesn’t mean that people who are already born don’t count. In this line of reasoning the unfortunate “Post-born” who have the misfortune of contracting the disease, well, their lives don’t matter. Screw them because we disagree with government policy on abortion. The claim by some that the government is hypocritical because it puts money into trying to stop what history has show to be a really really nasty disease. Remember H1N1 in 1918-1919 alone killed 50-100 million people worldwide. Admittedly, this was in a time when medical care for such problems was much less capable than current medical technology. At the same time what took weeks or months to get around the world happens in hours. This gives governments and other responders no room for error. Likewise the population of the United States is about double what it was back then and unlike the 1918 we are a more urban and closely packed society. We are utterly dependent on interconnected transportation and logistics networks to maintain the supply of food, medicine and other essentials. These are delivered as they are needed versus stockpiled. A pandemic would seriously disrupt this network and cause chaos. You think that the economy sucks now, it will be sucking like a Hoover if this happens.
Swine Flu or H1N1 targets young healthy people, the age 20-40 crowd. The writers of these posts will have great fun if this becomes and epidemic or pandemic. I am sure that most of them are Flu Virgins. In other words they won’t have the anti-bodies to fight this off if they get it. This will really suck. They get to die if this gets really bad, or best they will suffer greatly. Over half the fatalities in 1918 were in this age group. Just wait until decisions have to be made about who gets treatment and who dies in a pandemic. You can bet that most if not all of these people will advocate for themselves and their families at the expense of others that they deem unworthy of life. It’s easy to be pro-life when your life isn’t the one in the balance.
So with this being the case, the logical person has to assume that these folks are not genuinely pro-life, but rather simply anti-abortion. Unfortunately I am cursed with being a logical, rational and analytical I cannot limit my pro-life beliefs to simply protecting the pre-born. That is a worthy mission but we also have to stand up for the right to life of the “post-born” too.
Conversations and arguments of the nature presented by the people I read today makes pro-lifers look heartless, cruel and hypercritical. By making these comments they subvert their own efforts to protect the lives of the unborn. The idiocy of these people’s conversation was absolutely mind numbing. I almost wonder if the verse out of Romans can be applied to these folks. “Claiming to be wise they became fools…” Of course I applied that verse out of context, but no less so than I have seen others in the “pro-life” movement do.
I’m not going to re-hash last night’s post here, no will I go deeper in the weeds on the subject. If people are actually interested in the Swine Flu they can read John Barry’s The Great Influenza” Alfred Crosby’s America’s Forgotten Pandemic and Pete Davies’ The Devil’s Flu. Additionally they can go and visit the evil government Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ or the really super evil UN sponsored World Health Orgnaization at http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_24/en/index.html. Unfortunately I fear that my words will fall on stoney ground. People who think this way haven’t a logical cell in their brain.
My point is that people who claim to be “pro-life” cannot allow themselves to submerge themselves into stupidity by making comments that are really anti-life. If followed to their logical conclusion the inane ideas spouted by these knuckleheads would allow millions of people to die in the event of a Swine Flu or Avian Flu pandemic. If an unborn baby’s life is worth going to jail for in a protest, what is the value of the already born? Oh wait according to the logic applied by the people that I saw today, absolutely nothing. To protect the unborn they have become “anti-life.” That’s just sad.
This is painful to watch. What ever happened to any theological, philosophical, ethical or personal reflection on the value of life? What ever happened to the “pro-life” movement?