By Gregory Allen
One of the most controversial topics of debate in the United States is abortion. There appear to be two clear sides to this argument, Pro Choice and Pro Life. But this is a myth, and a relatively easy misunderstanding to make. As it turns out, everyone is Pro Life. Just observe Pro Life supporters.
Mitt Romney is Pro Life (this election), and supports life, so long as your definition of life doesn’t include people who are impoverished or unemployed. He also supports military action against foreign countries, simply for their development of technology the country he would like to be President of stockpiles.
Rick Santorum, another presidential hopeful in running for the Republican nomination, is a well recognized Pro Life advocate. He adamantly opposes abortion. And also affordable medicine.
Recently Santorum remarked of affordable, government regulated drug prices, “People have no problem going out and buying an iPad for $900. But paying $200 for a drug they have a problem with -- that keeps you alive. Why? Because you've been conditioned in thinking health care is something you should get and not have to pay for.”
That’s right. Because the first image that comes to mind when one thinks of ill patients struggling to pay for treatment, is the caricature of someone holding an iPad in one hand and a pile of cash in the other.
But Santorum clarified his response, “But the bottom line is, we have companies with the incentive to make those drugs. And if they don't have the incentive to make those drugs, your son won't be alive and lots of other people in this country won't be alive. We either believe in markets or we don't.”
That’s right. Motivated by his Christian faith, he observed what Jesus would do, and that of course is always the most cost-effective and monetarily motivated decision. But let’s not forget Faith isn’t free either; Santorum is Catholic, and Jesus supports tithings. How else would he pay for that stylish attire and those fancy last dinner’s he throws?
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has garnered attention recently for their decision to stop funding cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics. That’s only 97% of what Planned Parenthood does; cancer screenings and contraception and health services for men and women.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the situation before pledging to donate $250,000 of his own money to Planned Parenthood.
"Politics have no place in health care,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way."
Mayor Bloomberg and others are struggling with the notion of how one could be Pro Life, but anti-cancer screenings. Simple: they support life, and fighting cancer, so long as it remains undetected and unknown to them. Santorum isn’t concerned with treating diseases, because he doesn’t suffer from them.
The perspective is simple. Pro Life - just not other lives. Cancer? Not my problem. Poverty? Ditto. With these standards, to care for your own life seems the only prerequisite for adopting a Pro Life bumper sticker and permanently grumpy expression. Everyone is Pro Life, but not everyone is Pro Sharing Life.