Hypocrisy and inconsistency are prevalent in today's world but the so-called "pro-lifers" are the biggest hypocrites of them all. Every Friday morning on my way to work, I drive past a group of picketers holding signs with messages against abortion, some containing extremely graphic depictions of the aborted fetuses, and others with the words "support life" or some variation thereof.
I don't have a problem with people wanting to support the unborn life of a child, and I certainly don't take issue with their right to peaceably assemble, provided they are not trespassing on private property. And I also think that being "pro-life" is a commendable position if applied consistently.
This is in no way a debate about the specific topic of abortion as too often people get caught up in the minutia of the details and lose sight of the big picture. I've come to this conclusion by critically looking at the issue of abortion and recognizing that certain people are always going to be "pro-life" and certain people are always going to be "pro-choice". The mere fact that the factions of support on both sides are so evenly distributed, one can conclude there is not a clear cut moral absolute when it comes to determining the beginning of life.
Contrast this divide to the practically unanimous moral conclusion that murder outside the womb is wrong and should not be tolerated. This should be the focus of the "pro-lifers" because the audience has overwhelmingly accepted that premise and no further effort need be exerted in the attempt of that persuasion.
So why don't more "pro-lifers" support the lives of Iraqis and Afghans? How many of these picketers set down their aborted fetus sign and pick up a peace sign on their way to a war protest?
It doesn't take an unreasonable level of assumption to conclude there's a strong correlation between those self described as "pro-life" and those who support the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and wherever else the US military holds occupation. This logic holds true with the subject of torture, about which I have previously written.
Where are the prominent "pro-life" leaders denouncing the mass killing done at the hands of the US government and its military? Why don't the Iraqis and Afghans get the same support as the fetuses? Do "pro-lifers" also support foreign fetuses?
As is the case with most collectivist-minded simpletons, thoughtless decisions are made based on groupings and borders, and those who reside on the "wrong" side of those borders are just "out of luck", I guess. So the lesson that must be learned is this: if you want to be protected by the "pro-lifers", don't reside on the wrong side of a womb wall or the wrong side of the United States border.