In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the ‘pro-life’ movement:
“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”
Applying labels doesn’t really define a political position. Too many people would force a woman to give birth and then leave her stranded with no means of support.
Much of the pro-choice movement is about economic empowerment. When I was growing up, before Roe vs Wade was decided, having a baby outside of wedlock was possible the second worse thing that could happen to you. You were shunned by society for starters. You lost your job, your health care, and all possible means of supporting yourself.
It’s no wonder some women sought abortion. What society sowed, let it reap. It is only when women have total control over their own reproductive choices do they have real economic empowerment. Children who are born but not fed, educated sheltered or cared for have very little chance. They are once again at the mercy of a society that doesn’t want their precious tax dollars to go to help people living in poverty.
So we have come full circle. Once again society will reap what it has sown.
Sister Joan Chittister’s website: Joanchittister.org