Do ‘pro-lifers’ really care about babies?

WASHINGTON — Jobs are Job No. 1, right?

Independent voters swung to the GOP in last November’s elections because they were disappointed — or angry — with Democrats over a stubbornly-high unemployment rate, polls show. So you’d think that the new House Republican majority would devote its first few months to legislation aimed at creating jobs.

But since staging futile votes to repeal health care reform, Republicans have been most animated about firing new shots in the culture war. They’ve taken aim at reproductive rights, introducing bills to further curb women’s access to safe and legal abortions. Last month, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that a ban on federal funding for abortions is “one of our highest legislative priorities.”

I’m surprised at Boehner, who had seemed to heed the lessons of the stormy tenure of one of his GOP predecessors, Newt Gingrich. The House Speaker from Georgia reveled in exploiting wedge issues and lobbing rhetorical grenades — to the detriment of his party. Boehner seemed to understand that he needed to avoid Gingrich’s mistakes.

Besides, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — the dream presidential candidate of many centrist Republicans — has urged the GOP to “call a truce on the so-called social issues” and concentrate on righting the economy.  And, if that weren’t enough reason to discourage a GOP foray into the abortion wars, there’s this: a federal regulation — the Hyde amendment — already bans taxpayer funding of abortions except for a few exceptions, including rape and incest.

But Boehner’s base still demands fidelity to a host of hot-button social issues. Tea partiers, in fact, don’t represent a political force driven by new concerns but, rather, a coalition of ultra-conservatives tearing pages from a very old playbook. Last week’s huge gathering here for ultra-conservatives — the annual CPAC meeting — devoted a panel to “The Pro-life Movement: Plans and Goals.”

If those same activists were concerned about the welfare of children once they emerged from the womb, I’d be more willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. There are, certainly, some among anti-abortion activists who campaign dutifully on behalf of poor children — notably the clergy of the Catholic Church.

But, generally speaking, there’s a glaring contradiction in the ideology of anti-abortion proponents: They are passionate about the fetus but indifferent — if not hostile — to actual babies who need a generous social safety net. The same voters who protest Roe vs. Wade usually oppose traditional welfare for poor women, government-funded health care benefits for impoverished children and housing subsidies for poor families. Indeed, among the programs in the crosshairs of GOP budget-cutters is Women, Infants and Children (commonly known as WIC), which provides nutritional supplements to pregnant women and their babies.

That’s not the end of the illogic embedded in anti-abortion activism. Here’s where it gets really frustrating: Conservatives refuse to endorse the widespread use of contraceptives, which would lower the abortion rate. Republican budget-cutters have also targeted family planning programs, and conservatives continue to paint Planned Parenthood, which delivers a host of reproductive health services to women, as the devil’s handmaiden.

That simply makes no sense. Nearly half the pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and about four in ten of those unintended pregnancies result in abortions, according to the highly respected Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit dedicated to reproductive health and improved family planning. It stands to reason, then, that helping women to gain access to reliable contraceptives and to use them appropriately would reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions.

It’s no mystery why abortion rates are much lower in Western Europe. Those countries have adopted public policies that make birth control pills and other contraceptives cheap and widely available. If we did the same, abortion rates would drop sharply here, as well.

That’s one of those common sense solutions that social conservatives should embrace. So far, though, they’d rather keep fighting the same old battles.

339 comments Add your comment

lovelyliz

February 11th, 2011
7:38 pm

It all makes perfect sense for the LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION AND ENDS AT BIRTH faux life Republicans

DebbieDoRight

February 11th, 2011
7:38 pm

Numbers, yours was scary too!!

DebbieDoRight

February 11th, 2011
7:43 pm

Irony: Rockerbabe says for me to keep my hands off her body. Perhaps if she said that before she got pregnant we wouldn’t be discussing abortion. Perhaps if she ran down to the quickie mart first before getting pregnant we wouldn’t be discussing it either.

OK quick question: Why is birth control ALWAYS the woman’s problem? Why can’t MEN BE RESPONSIBLE for their decisions not to use CONTRACEPTIVES? Why is only a one way street?

Perhaps you need to keep your hands and decisions off the baby you abort. Instead of being selfish, make wise decisions ahead of time. Don’t take your irresponsible choices out on another human being. Your rights extend until they interfere with another. And that baby’s rights are being infringed.

THIS is why men should shut their mouths about abortion. You guys loose all credibility when you start talking. MY womb. MY body. MY choice. PERIOD.

Say it like it really is

February 11th, 2011
7:44 pm

Ok so heres my opinion (not like it really counts or anything)

Abortion is legal, right or wrong its legal.

Abortion is the choice of the women who has to live with it and stand before God afterwards

Abortion is also very wrong for me and since it is wrong in my eyes, my tax money should not fund anothers will to kill. If a person wants that choice then its up to them to pay the cost of it.

No taxpayer money should ever fund murder.

I stand my ground.

What Goes Around Comes Around

February 11th, 2011
7:46 pm

Ms. Tucker I totally agree that Speaker Boehner and the Repubs are being very hypocritical. WhY ARE reproductive rights a PRIORITY. They should be focusing more ON jobs. They know that if they focus on reproductive rights the people that voted for them would FORGET about THE jobs.

All the people that voted for those idiots THEY HAVE BEEN BAMBOOZLED!!!!!!!! Republicans don’t know how to create jobs and people are too stupid to realize that. If it were that easy Obama would have done it by now. He is smarter than all of them.

Republican voters admit it – YOU HAVE BEEN BAMBOOZLED AGAIN.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS WHERE ARE THE JOBS WHERE ARE THE JOBS

Rockerbabe

February 11th, 2011
7:52 pm

DebbieDoRight:

If all of the politicans want smaller government and want government out of our lives, why do they seem to make a big exception for women of child-bearing age? (I am way pass that activity at this point in my life). Making something illegal does nothing but drive the activity into the back alley or underground. Thousands, upon thousands of women lost their lives to unsafe abortions prior to Roe vs
Wade. We rarely see those deaths anymore, which is why it is quite shocking when it does happen. The Pregnancy Police need to remains a dark and distant footnote in the history of women.

Telling women that they have to support a pregnancy against their will is just another form of slavery. Making the procurement of contraception difficult, refusing to discusss proper pregnancy avoidance in schools, lying to pregnant women in those crisis pregnancy centers and trying to lay a guilt trip on women who abort is nothing short of hatred for them, their goals in life, their life’s circumstance and just a total disrespect of women in general. Women are not 3rd class citizens, behind men and fetus.

Most women work, pay taxes and vote. I for one will never, ever vote republican again; they lie like dogs and I don’t mean canines. Can’t trust a GOPer for anything, including one’s life.

What Goes Around Comes Around

February 11th, 2011
7:54 pm

I don’t think they heard you Ms. Tucker.

“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”
“But it’s ok to deny basic sustenance to that child who didn’t ask to be born?”

MMAYBE THEY WANT TO KILL IT AFTER IT IS BORN mmmmmmmmmmmm!

Really last word

February 11th, 2011
7:59 pm

“Nearly half the pregnancies in the United States are unintended,” That is just pitiful!! How can people be so stupid!! What a sick . . .sick society we live in!! Government shouldn’t pay for contraceptives. If the “poor” can afford cell phones (oops, I forgot the government gives them those), big screen tvs, cars, all the current electronics and expensive atheletic shoes, designer jeans . . they can afford contraceptives! Giving out free contraceptives hasn’t prevented “unintended pregnancies.” BTW, just this week saw the lady in front of me at the grocery store pull out her government food card to buy her groceries and then watched her get into a Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot!

Nothing Is Free

February 11th, 2011
8:04 pm

DebbieDoRight

- -You are soooo bad!!- -

That was one of those that is sort of like locking your keys in the car and just as you are shutting the door, you remember that the door is locking and your keys are still inside. I wish I hadn’t posted that one.

Nothing Is Free

February 11th, 2011
8:12 pm

The bottom one is that we need to reduce the number of abortions. The only way we can do that is to increase the number of people that are using birth control.

But unfortunately, there is a big problem. The only birth control that is not completely up to the woman is a condom, but that is the only kind of birth control that dramatically reduces the pleasure of the sexual act.

There’s no doubt that women get the raw deal but to be honest, that monthly thing is a pretty raw deal to start with.

Life isn’t fair, but women do have some vast advantages in some other ways.

DebbieDoRight

February 11th, 2011
8:18 pm

Rockerbabe: DebbieDoRight: If all of the politicans want smaller government and want government out of our lives, why do they seem to make a big exception for women of child-bearing age? …………………. The Pregnancy Police need to remains a dark and distant footnote in the history of women.

Agreed! 100%!! Women are the “last frontier” for men to conquer. It’s not enough that, until 2010, they could LEGALLY make 5x more than we could even if they did the exact same job that we did. It seems that the fact that they were born with that Y Chromosone makes them all knowing about our bodies!

Making the procurement of contraception difficult, refusing to discusss proper pregnancy avoidance in schools, lying to pregnant women in those crisis pregnancy centers and trying to lay a guilt trip on women who abort is nothing short of hatred for them, their goals in life, their life’s circumstance and just a total disrespect of women in general.

You know what makes me go WTF??!! When VIAGARA costs men substantially less than BIRTH Control costs women!! And just a few years ago, the majority of HMOs didn’t even COVER birth control pills!! Can you believe that?

Women are not 3rd class citizens, behind men and fetus.

That is the most brilliant comment that was made on this blog today. Thanks for that!.

What Goes Around Comes Around

February 11th, 2011
8:22 pm

Why are people so concerned with what other people do or have done to their bodies? People need to mind their own business.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES. Some of you have done far worse. Why are some of you not OUTRAGED when all of “OUR” babies are being molested, raped, kidnapped, stabbed to death, starved to death, beated to death and worse. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGED WHEN THOSE CRIMES HAPPEN?

I am willing to beat that some of you are child molesters. Some of you are HYPOCRITES!!!

God is watching us and he is watching what we say and what we do.

DebbieDoRight

February 11th, 2011
8:23 pm

Last Word: BTW, just this week saw the lady in front of me at the grocery store pull out her government food card to buy her groceries and then watched her get into a Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot!

Honey you must be in the twilight zone because you’ve posted the exact same comment (welfare woman, cadillac, blah, blah, blah) at least twelve times in the past 12 months. Are you seeing the same woman over and over in your delusions? Yikes!! I meant “dreams”?

BTW as I’ve pointed out before, how did you KNOW that it was a government card? Did it have the words GOVERNMENT CARD stamped on it? Also how do yo know that she wasn’t laid off and is getting assistance while she looks for a job? AND how do you know which car she was getting into? Were you stalking her or are you Clairvoyant? Just asking………

DebbieDoRight

February 11th, 2011
8:27 pm

NIF: That was one of those that is sort of like locking your keys in the car and just as you are shutting the door, you remember that the door is locking and your keys are still inside. I wish I hadn’t posted that one.

Oh NIF it WAS funny!! And Rockerbabe seems like a cool chick, she probably laughed too! Besides, if you can’t laugh at a “republican” trying to make a funny, then who can you laugh at? (smile, it’s a JOKE!!)

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
8:29 pm

Were you stalking her or are you Clairvoyant?

I think he’s lying his ass off, but that’s just me.

CYNT U DESERVE UR JOB

February 11th, 2011
8:29 pm

NO ABORTION SAYS GOP,BUT KILL THEM ONCE THEY GET HERE!

DebbieDoRight

February 11th, 2011
8:30 pm

NIF: The bottom one is that we need to reduce the number of abortions. The only way we can do that is to increase the number of people that are using birth control.

Right On!!! NOW you’re getting it!

But unfortunately, there is a big problem. The only birth control that is not completely up to the woman is a condom, but that is the only kind of birth control that dramatically reduces the pleasure of the sexual act.

Oh mannnn!!! You kept ‘talking” and messed it up!!

There’s no doubt that women get the raw deal but to be honest, that monthly thing is a pretty raw deal to start with.

Another funny!!! You’re on a roll tonight! :lol: :lol:

DebbieDoRight

February 11th, 2011
8:34 pm

Kammy: I think he’s lying his ass off, but that’s just me.

Me too. :wink:

CT has more class in her little finger than you have in your whole body

February 11th, 2011
8:38 pm

@Cynthia is a dumb racist negro February 11th, 2011 4:41 pm

If Cynthia is a dumb racist negro you must be a dumb racist Craker, Redneck, Lice infected, meth smoking, trailer park, bugga eating dumb a**.

Be careful at the stones you throw they may come right back to you!!!

reality check

February 11th, 2011
8:43 pm

@kayaker71–no, abortion is not the only legal way to murder in this country. You have forgotten our military and overlooked lynchings.

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
8:46 pm

no, abortion is not the only legal way to murder in this country.

Well, seeing how the word “murder” is the definition of an illegal act, and abortion is a legal procedure, then there is no way that abortion can be “murder.”

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmmmm, mmmm, mmm! Just sayin...

February 11th, 2011
8:55 pm

Say, does anyone know why obozo remains silent about the protesters in Iran, who peacefully march against a violent islamic lunacy, but babbled on and on against Mubarak, a non violent non islamic non lunatic?

Could it be that obozo is a terrorist, just like I told you, long ago?

reality check

February 11th, 2011
8:56 pm

Kamchak, you are correct. I only used “murder” because the kayaker did while telling me it’s legal, but is it right? I’m just saying that people don’t need to worry about if what I’m doing is “right”. I’m sure it is a full time job keeping up with their own business.

Fetal Attraction

February 11th, 2011
8:59 pm

There have been 50 million abortions since Roe v Wade. “America is the great satan”, the radical jihadists contend. They are conspiring to stop the madness by destroying the country. They are wrong, of course, because they would kill us all.

Thus we get 911, and probably some lowgrade nuke in our backyard. The Right is simply coaxing the jihadists along. Their opposition to abortion is demogoguery only. Not some moral stance. It’s about playing to the choir.

The liberals have always maintained that sex ed needs to start early and birth control made available. The Christian Right thinks that birth control is a sin, and thus no birth control is available to sexually active immature young people. That’s madness.

Fifty million. Not even Hitler could have conceived of such an evil.

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
9:18 pm

I’m sure it is a full time job keeping up with their own business.

Apparently not.

Jack

February 11th, 2011
9:19 pm

Do “abortion rights activists” really care about babies?

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
9:21 pm

Do “abortion rights activists” really care about babies?

Yes.

Another episode of one word answers to simple questions.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

February 11th, 2011
9:29 pm

Just like the slavery issue (250 years) this is going to take away.

Eventually good will triumph over evil and babies in the womb will no longer be killed.

When that happens, people will look back at history and say just like they did for slave owners, “How could those people have done that?”

0311/0317 -1811/1801

February 11th, 2011
9:30 pm

Excuse me: First sentence ……….. “take some time”

B

February 11th, 2011
9:31 pm

“Do ‘pro-lifers’ really care about babies?” Are you kidding me? How about – Do pro-abortionists care about babies? that answer is a big NO. Does anyone know how an abortion is carried out after the fetus (baby) is twelve weeks in the womb? The tear it apart limb by limb, and CT wants to question whether I care or not? absurd

Daniel

February 11th, 2011
9:33 pm

This author may have a point… well except for the fact that he is completely wrong about social conservatives not carrying and simply lumping us into the Tea Party movement. Christian leaders are found throughout adoption services. Churches every year give millions of dollars and thousands of hours of volunteer work towards helping women and children in need. There are thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across the country (which are attacked by the same liberal groups that try to tell the public how much conservative don’t care about women who have unintended pregnancy. Oh, and also CPCs aren’t getting a third of their funding from federal grant money (like Planned Parenthood).

Unlike the writer of this article, social conservatives and religious people aren’t so lazy as to expect the government to step in whenever they see someone struggling. No need to belabor the point of how Conservatives donate more money to charity then the so called “compassionate” secular left.

This may surprise the author, but for social conservatives there is something much more important than politics and policy making: namely, the family, community, and social standards. Conservatives don’t want the government to take over the role belongs to them. They think they can do a better job and, in fact, they often do. It is amazing how liberals pretend to care about the poor, but at the same time view minorities as though they are too inept to make it without a government check.

So to the author, sorry conservatives don’t share your vision of demoralizing the poor through heartless bureaucracy. Our efforts come from within the community, private charity, synagogues, churches, other non profit, and even some for profit (GASP) organizations. You should try it sometime.

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
9:34 pm

Do pro-abortionists care about babies? that answer is a big NO.

A foetus is not a baby.

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
9:39 pm

This author may have a point… well except for the fact that he is completely wrong about social conservatives…

“The author” has a name. It is Cynthia Tucker. So Danny-poo, I think it’s a good idea to actually look at the name of the author of anything you are reading. You should try it sometime.

B

February 11th, 2011
9:40 pm

Kammy – so they want you to believe. Here’s what a fetus (baby) does inside the womb – swallows, sleeps, dreams, moves, metabalizes etc.. etc..

B

February 11th, 2011
9:41 pm

funny – noone ever says “When’s the fetus due?”

B

February 11th, 2011
9:42 pm

Daniel – well said

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
9:46 pm

Here’s what a fetus (baby) does inside the womb…

Here’s what the foetus does outside the womb — it dies.

Until it can survive on it’s own it is a symbiont.

B

February 11th, 2011
9:52 pm

Kammy – isn’t it above your pay grade to making those kind of decisions?

B

February 11th, 2011
9:54 pm

there are many abortions performed where , left outside the womb at that stage, survival would have occurred

B

February 11th, 2011
9:54 pm

So to clarify – you don’t care about the fetus

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
10:02 pm

So to clarify – you don’t care about the fetus

It’s way above your pay grade to speak for me, sport.

Martin the Calvinist

February 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

I’m rather disturbed that you are okay with killing a child in the womb if there’s a good chance a child’s needs wouldn’t be met. BTW, when will you be arguing that we should not keep grandma or grandpa alive any longer because the cost of doing so is too expensive?

Martin the Calvinist

February 11th, 2011
10:29 pm

I second Daniel’s post!

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
10:35 pm

I’m rather disturbed that you are okay with killing a child in the womb if there’s a good chance a child’s needs wouldn’t be met.

If you’re talking to me Marty-poo, please show me where I said exactly that.

Thanks in advance.

TGT

February 11th, 2011
10:52 pm

Sounds like Kamchak is full of “poo” this evening. Somebody must’ve struck a nerve (or a bowel).

Kamchak

February 11th, 2011
11:45 pm

Sounds like Kamchak is full of “poo” this evening.

Not a Gilbert and Sullivan fan I see.

Or perhaps you are merely ignorant and uncultured.

TGT

February 12th, 2011
12:07 am

Okay, you have me Kamchak. You are much more “cultured” in the fine art of “poo” than I.

Nothing Is Free

February 12th, 2011
12:42 am

Kammy

Another Friday night and you have nothing better than to blog.

Damn. That’s really pathetic.

You REALLY need to get a life.

Robert

February 12th, 2011
1:12 am

IT’S COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Binky the Bear

February 12th, 2011
2:37 am

The Biblical term is “whited sepulchre.”