May 05, 2004

Pro-choice, the only real choice...

I made the mistake of pausing on a Christian radio station a while ago. The fact that the radio station was Christian wasn't the mistake. It was a mistake because of what they were broadcasting. The were holding a "National Town Meeting; A Pro-Life Conference". Now I actually happen to be pro-life. I'm still alive, aren't I? Here's the problem;

They had gathered a bunch of well-intentioned civic and religion leaders together to talk about the "abortion problem". It was the 30th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision handed down by the US Supreme Court, and they apparently decided to "do something about it". They held a lively discussion about how abortion is wrong, how it goes against everything Christianity stands for, and I can accept and listen to that discussion, even if I don't personally agree with it. They invited customer comments and questions and provided an 800 number, so I called. They wouldn't field my question They wouldn't even let me on the air! My question wasn't absurd, it wasn't even heretical. My question was this:

"What, if anything, is the Catholic church, which has had a long standing record of stewardship, doing to help the 15 year old pregnant girl, who is going to leave her baby in a dumpster?" (no link, type it your own self. If you're pro-choice, you don't need to, if not, I'm not going to help you...) has a lot of information about how many abortions are performed in a year. Answer? Probably about 1,800,000 last year (give or take). What they want to do it force people to go through the full pregnancy and let 1.8 Million babies be born that are not wanted. Either the parents can not or will not take care of the child. Options? Sure, adoption. In the year 2000, there were 130,000 kids in interim foster care waiting for a home, and 53,000 kids had already been placed. That's 180,000 orphans. Sure, jack that up by 10x! What a GREAT idea. Instead of having 130,000 kids waiting for homes, let's have 1.3 million waiting for a home. That's assuming a half a million homes open their doors for children needing homes.

Of course, that's not accurate. There won't be 1.8 million children needing homes. There will be 1.9 Million needing homes. The same 130,000 kids will be born and still need homes, remember? It won't be a problem. There are 105,000,000 homes in the U.S. (2000 Census). And there are 281 Million people in the U.S. That's 2.6 people per house, on average. If only one out of every 50 homes in the U.S. opened it's doors, there'd be no problem at all! Every year.

Of course, that's still no accurate at all, is it? Sure. A good number of those kids are dumpster, reservoir or toilet bound, aren't they? That'll knock off a good 200,000 of them. Then we can forget about the other half million that will die of neglect. Do we really need to create a state that the Human Rights Watch will watch?

I tell you what. I won't protest a law outlawing abortion totally as long as the law states that you must publicly proclaim your vote, and if you vote FOR the law, you must make your home available to an orphan every 5 years. Not as a foster home. Permanent adoption.

Doesn't sound like such a great idea now, does it?

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