February 10, 2011 by: David Rosman Columbia, MO
We voted for them because they promised less interference from government, a simplification of the tax codes and common sense legislation. They lied.
The abortion issue is back, standing bigger than life in center-stage.
I have made my position clear in previous columns but will repeat it here. I am not “pro-abortion.” I know no one who is. I am Pro-Choice. This is a matter between the woman, her partner and the doctor, and not the prevue of the United States Congress. For that matter, state congresses.
I have written about the GOP in Missouri suffering from “Paranoia Schizophrenia,” but that is a diagnosis I can give to the national party as well. The schizophrenia can be seen in the conservative movement’s rush to pass “Get Big Government Off Our Backs” bills passed on the federal and state levels. At the same time, they want to impose a government restriction, complete with draconian penalties concerning a woman’s right of choice and her health. Oh, and the health of the citizens of this nation, but that is another column.
The paranoia comes from their lack of wanting to speak about the issue, because if you are pro-choice, you are pro-abortion. And if you are pro-abortion, you must be a godless person. An immoral, atheist, socialist, commie, who would let children become pregnant because they can get abortions. Not to mention that in the eyes of God abortion is murder. So if you are pro-choice, you are a murderer. Even worse if you are a liberal. As one reader admonishing my column ended his diatribe: Period! A slippery-slope argument is I ever read one.
Fear mongering can be found in United States House Bill 3, introduced by U.S. Representative Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), followed closely with support by the religious conservatives (Christian, Jew and Muslim), complete with harrowing tales of purgatory and eternal damnation.
Even the title of H.R.-3, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” is an act of propaganda moving on one’s emotions and not facts – or common sense. How vile can a title become, how emotionally strapped can a title get to misdirect the public from reading the proposed law.
H.R.-3 is an intrusion into a person’s privacy and choice. It adds a new level of governmental intrusion by the very people who told us they would protect us from government intrusion!
Real fear comes from language it brings to Title 1, Chapter 4, section 3, U.S.C. This new chapter would prohibit any federal funds to be used for abortions, including the offering of abortion benefits through government sponsored health insurance program. Then it takes a turn for the worse.
Section 303 would prohibit the IRS from allowing the normal business expense credits for providing their employees’ health insurance if it includes an abortion provision. Any money paid by a health insurance policy for an abortion would be considered income to the policy holder even if that money comes from a medical trust.
Section 309 tells the citizen that the law does not apply if the pregnancy and resulting abortion was due to “an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest…” or if there is a potential of the woman suffering from a “physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.”
Who will make that decision if a rape fits under the definitions provided by H.R.-3? Why it appears to be the Internal Revenue Service, which we all know is an agency with superior expertise in making medical decisions.
And who will define “forcible rape?” The Cardinal of all criminal law, the I.R.S.
The other question concerning this issue is “Is abortion a religious issue?” Garry Wills wrote in the L.A. Times, “The right-to-life people hold that it is as strong a point of religion as any can be. It is religious because the Sixth Commandment (or the Fifth by Catholic count) says, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ For evangelical Christians, in general, abortion is murder. That is why what others think, what polls say, what looks practical does not matter for them”
Though he argues, quite well in fact, that abortion is not a religious issue but an issue of viability, to which I do agree, he relies heavily on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas as his proofs. Wills continues, “Aquinas said that the fetus did not become a person until God infused the intellectual soul. A functioning brain is not present in the fetus until the end of the sixth month at the earliest.” If only his scientific statements were so well documents.
Abortion may or may not be a religious issue, but conservative political movements are again kowtowing to the religious conservative movements to make government more intrusive, more complicated, more unworkable, more religious and, above all, less virtuous.
The religious conservatives are not limited to our Christian brethren either. It includes our conservative Jewish and Muslims brothers as well. All three Abrahamic beliefs have their ultra-conservative sides, each telling its following that women are inferior creatures, will never be equal to men, are the source of all evil, and men must make the decisions. It is Eve’s fault, you know.
Women are to have many children so the conservative religion will grow. If there are more religious conservatives, then the tone of the United States will turn more conservative and the people will have more government, more intrusion, more religious oversight and less freedoms.
We elected these paranoid-schizophrenics into office. Well, not me, I voted for the liberal woman U.S. senatorial candidate.
David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com and New York Journal of Books.com.