Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, April 26, 2010 8:42 pm

“You have to wonder about a movement that lies to its base to motivate them.”


Why you can’t be “pro-life” and oppose health-care reform:

In a reality-based world, in order to earn the moniker “pro-life”, one should support life, and few things do much better at achieving that goal than demanding inexpensive, efficient, universal health care.  Even if you’re just pro-birth, you should love universal health care, since having it is the major reason most other industrialized nations have lower infant mortality rates than we do. If you’re motivated by loathing for sexually-active women, it’s hard to say why you should care much about health care reform in any direction, since the amount of health care dedicated to protecting the sexual health of women is a small amount of overall health care spending.  If you’re a single issue voter on abortion, health care reform shouldn’t really matter to you one way or another.

Yet you have the anti-choice movement working as a single beast to attack Democrats who, by and large, give anti-choicers all sorts of support in their “forced childbirth/punish the sluts” goals. …

..l how “pro-life” and “pro-woman” is it to support a system where getting breast cancer means getting kicked off your insurance?  Can you really continue to front like you’re pro-life if you’re supporting a system where small children can’t get health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, where many infants and mothers die unnecessarily because of gaps in maternal care, where thousands die every year from lack of health insurance?

Most importantly, if you think that insurance company profits are more valuable than the lives of living, breathing people, then your enthusiasm for stripping women’s rights away looks cruel indeed.  It’s clear then that this is the ranking in your mind: profits, embryos, real people, women’s rights.

I realize that I’m relying on facts and logic here against people who are either deeply cynical liars or batsh*t insane. It’s a failing. I admit it.

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