Monday, June 1, 2009

Abortion Rights Opponents

If you pay attention to this issue, you likely know Dr. Tiller, a physician in Kansas, was shot and killed during a church service Sunday. The man who shot him was arrested 3 hours later. Abortion rights opponents, as everyone has, denounced the killing saying they use nonviolent ways to get their message across and the laws changed.

Except they don't and they don't denounce all violence against physicians who perform abortions. The office of Dr. Tiller had been bombed at least once and rebuilt with bullet and bomb proofing glass and materials. The office had to engage the services of a private security company for protection from aggressive and violent protesters attacking the office and women accessing the office. And Dr. Tiller shot before. He routinely wore a bullet protection vest and occasionally have a security guard.

In short the abortion right opponents don't seem to denounce measures of violence, even the occasional death of physicians, while promoting the "importance" of human life down to a fetus and the definition of life at the moment of conception. That's hypocritical at best and outragiously mean at worst.

I won't hide my contempt for abortion rights opponents. They advocate the rights for individual to live without inteference by government and other people and then advocate against the rights of a women to do the same with her own body and family planning. In the name of religion, their own interpretation of the Bible.

They don't have problems advocating the killing of people who they think threaten this country. They don't advocate for the rights of people in other countries, those experiencing droughts, famine, oppression, civil war, genocide, and so on. Their view of human rights starts and stops with the issue of abortion.

That's over stating it a bit, many are good people who do argue and advocate if not work to help other for those issues. And I'm talking about the extremists of the lot. But it's a big group of extremists. And they are extremists, by definition and action. They mean to prevent women from exercising their rights, their right to the whole array of information and services for reproduction.

Fighting for that, women's freedom, access and choice for their reproduction, is the issue we all should value and support. It's the basic human right of women. Nothing less. And abortion is one of those services women should have, and in my view, unrestricted except by medical standards and practices, not some arbitrary religious belief.

If the abortion rights opponents were serious about their condemnation of the killing of Dr. Tiller, then hold a vigil for the good doctor in support of his rights and against murder. Or can you not do that because it's against your values? Life isn't it? But you pick and choose who's life is important? Like you're God?

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