FEB 2012 – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

Now that we have passed the bill we ARE going to find out what’s in it. Surprise!

David Axlerod, Senior Adviser to President Obama, recently stated that “We certainly don’t want to abridge anyone’s religious freedoms, so we’re going to look for a way to move forward that both provides women with the preventive care that they need and respects the prerogatives of religious institutions,” suggesting that the White House might be open to a ‘compromise.’ It’s a nice idea meant to calm a seemingly unexpected swell of opposition but ultimately has more to do with lip service than reality.

His statement is in reference to a HHS mandate that would force Catholic institutions to provide women with free ‘preventative care’ that includes sterilization and contraception, including FDA-approved contraceptives that induce abortions. What’s the fuss? Anyone familiar with Church teaching and especially the works of the late John Paul II (who was very vocal on the subject of contraception) understands how this would force those individuals to violate their religious beliefs. However, the Church’s position on contraception is not the focus; it’s the government’s ability to legally compel individuals to engage in activities they consider inappropriate or immoral.

Arguments suggesting that contraception ‘reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies thus reducing the number of abortions’ will undoubtedly surface in defense of this recent federal imposition. And while you could debate the ‘merits’ of contraception I believe there is an underlying concern that if we cave here and now, how long will it take for ‘contraception mandates’ to evolve into ‘abortion mandates?’ Unfounded anxieties..? Hardly. Remember Hillary Care..?

Finding common ground between polar views is difficult anyway. Finding common ground on abortion is simply not possible because there are people who consider it to be a grave human injustice. The idea of allowing abortion under certain circumstances like rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger has is favorable outside of the Pro-Life movement. However, if you believe that abortion is intrinsically evil, how can it be less evil under different circumstances? There are times throughout history when the killing of innocent people was ‘circumstantially justified.’ It’s no less reprehensible now because we are still talking about the life of innocent human beings.

For us there is no compromise because there is no way to make the killing of innocent children a permissible practice – regardless of medical, social or circumstances otherwise. Period.

I stand by the Church’s opposition to this violation of religious freedoms and core beliefs. Contraception, like abortion, is a response to the ongoing ‘scourge of unintended pregnancy;’ the unfortunate byproducts of a so-called revolution. Can’t rational and intelligent people nowadays arrive at more rational and intelligent solutions other than condoms, chemicals and abortion? I also stand by the individuals who firmly declare abortion an abhorrent practice in direct violation of the fundamental right to life. There is no such thing as an inherent right to impose death based on a personal decision.

The idea of forcing individuals to do such things against their conscience or religious beliefs isn’t new. It’s been tried from time to time with little success because the public was unwilling to accept this kind of forced compliance, and a more in-your-face proposal. The most recent example is just another in a series of much slicker attempts to impose personal ideology on the masses via the legislative process. And given its true agenda with unfettered abortion as the endgame, suggestions of compromise are not only silly but offensive. Is there really any ‘stick and carrot’ that can change our minds?

Maybe I’m just unwilling to ‘give in’ for the sake of ‘getting along.’ Yet the idea of the National Right To Life Committee and Planned Parenthood sitting down and finding common ground on abortion lacks a certain reality.

I say we stand our ground and stand firm on the idea that abortion is the ‘unjustifiable killing of children regardless of circumstances, clever or convincing rhetoric, arguments or guises.’ We simply won’t be persuaded by the ruse of abortion as a ‘right,’ ‘a choice,’ or a ‘personal decision between a women and her health care provider.’ And we won’t accept death solutions to social problems regardless of how they are packaged or marketed.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And abortion by any other name is still the intentional death of a viable and innocent person.

 

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One Thought on “FEB 2012 – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

  1. MARY BREHANY on February 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm said:

    WOMEN WILL COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THEIR BEAUTIFUL,PRECIOUS ONE-OF-A-KIND BABY IS LOST TO HER AND THE FATHER OF THEIR BABY.GOD HAS PLANTED INSTINCTS IN MEN AND WOMEN THAT CAN’T DENY THEIR OWNERSHIP OF “THEIR” BABY, PART OF EACH OF THEM. THAT FACT WILL BE A “LOSS” FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. WHICH IS WHY THERE IS A PROCESS OF HEALING AND FORGIVENESS FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. THOSE WHO WANT TO HIDE BEHIND BUSYNESS, ETC FOR THE HEALING PROCESS TO BEGIN WILL NEVER KNOW PEACE.

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