A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Life Issues II

"Poor access to contraceptives has led to an unusually high rate of abortions in Uganda, straining already scarce health care in a country where abortion is illegal, researchers in New York and Kampala reported" in a Reuter's piece that points to the human costs involved.

The South Dakota legislature has just passed a ban on abortion which will throw doctors in jail and includes a feature that never gets spoken of in these debates in that it provides for no exceptions based on rape, incest and the health of the woman.

Alternet has a report on how legal hurdles, lack of clinics in rural areas, pharmacists denying women birth control, the stigma of abortion, has led to later term abortions and the rise of back alley and do it yourself abortions. Our country's future?

This points to the difference between the rhetoric of life and the outcomes of efforts to control women's health care decisions. An honest assessment of these efforts on the lives of women is needed in the church and the society because given the results so far, life is not being valued.


At 1:53 PM , Blogger Katherine said...

Hey, I'm really impressed by the content of your blog. I wish more liberal religious folks such as yourself would speak up, and try to drown out the hypocrits who claim to be acting from a moral or faith-based position.

I'm going to put a link to you on my blog at http://movetotheleft.blogspot.com

At 10:07 AM , Blogger Neil said...

Wow. This country has allowed over 40 million unborn humans to be crushed and dismembered, and you think that abortion restrictions point to life not being valued?! How about the fact that over 90% of abortions are simply birth control? How about that 30-60% of women have abortions because they are being pressured by boyfriends and/or parents? (I volunteer at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, and the people I meet confirm those statistics).

It is sad that women make bad decisions when it has become more difficult for them to kill their unborn children. But I don't see how making it easier for everyone to kill the unborn necessarily improves the situation. That would be bad logic for a secular person, but for a "Christian" it is even less acceptable.

At 3:52 PM , Blogger Dwight said...

Here's why I raised the question of life

If women die because of the decisions we make as a society, this needs to figure into the question of life

If our proposals, like going after birth control, make it so that people are more likely to have an abortion, than wouldn't you agree that something has gone amiss?

At 11:04 PM , Blogger right wing Gene said...

Lol The religious left is funny Iam have a ball here here is your new call to battle "abortion saves "lives" LOL


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