The abortion debate is a fraud because it measures rich and poor by different standards. Consider the following two cases:
Both were women who had abortions, and who wrote about their feelings for the Press. (One wrote for a national‑distribution magazine [Harpers, if I recall correctly], the other for a SF Bay Area free paper [East Bay Express].) Both changed their minds about the issue, but in opposite directions. How they chose, why they chose, and what they felt about it afterwards reveals the class‑based hypocrisy that defines this 'debate'.
The rich woman started out a fervent believer in the Right To Choose. Accordingly, she exercised this right, not once but many, many times; and she did so essentially for convenience. She had life‑plans, work‑plans, money‑plans, and love‑plans that she would not allow several unplanned pregnancies to interfere with. Eventually the time came for her to raise that prosperous, secure family she had been planning all along; but with the passage of time her fertility had declined, and getting pregnant was harder than she anticipated. Being well‑off, she got the medical attention needed to overcome this problem; and during her pregnancy she found her opinion of the matter changing. By the time she gave birth her views had changed 180 degrees; and therefore she wrote an article saying so. She declared her previous views and actions wrong; but she also said that she forgave herself. Her feelings are calm, her mind is centered, her life is sweet.
The poor woman started out a fervent believer in the Right to Life. When she and her disabled husband had their first child, they expected nothing but joy; but they were wrong. Alas, times were hard; very, very hard. Times got harder all the time, for a long time indeed. Had they still been childless, they might have been able to cope; but as is they suffered grievously. Eventually hard times subsided; things started to look up; they dared to hope for themselves and their child. Then she missed her period, and the nightmare began. They knew, all too well, the hell of poverty that awaited them in nine months; they *knew* that they could not support another child. Before they were shielded by inexperience, but no more; they were face to face with the hideous reality that they just couldn't make it. Their church (a pro‑life support group) was there with advice, emotional backup, Scriptural suasion ‑ everything except actual material aid. So finally she made the hard ‑ but, to her mind, utterly necessary ‑ choice of abortion. She found this emotionally devastating, not least because her own prior beliefs mocked her; but she went through with it, for the sake of her family. In the end her views had changed 180 degrees; and therefore she wrote an article saying so. She declared her previous views and actions wrong; but she also said that she did not forgive herself. Her feelings are turbulent, her mind is unsettled, her life is bitter.
Do you want all of the sex and none of the guilt? Then be rich. Do you want none of the sex and all of the guilt? Then be poor. This fundamental injustice is *why* the abortion pseudo‑debate is fraudulent to the core; it rants about rights, responsibility, choice, life, souls, cells, Freedom, God... but never, ever about the one thing that really matters; the one factor that calls ALL the shots:
Note that the bucks in your wallet say, "In God We Trust". Now let me ask you; what kind of a God does one invoke on money? What but a God *of* money?
Mammon; America's true Lord.