Friday, May 04, 2007

I'll believe it when I see it

"Life begins at conception and ends at birth": everyone's heard that all-too-true expression about anti-choicers. The almighty fetus is worshipped and revered until the doctor slaps its ass and it takes its first breath. After that, it's on its own. Can you say "hypocrisy"?

Apart from the fact that my reproductive conduct is nobody's business, one of the many reasons I've never taken anti-choicers seriously is because of their blatant hypocrisy. There are thousands of kids languishing in foster care that desperately need to be adopted: where's the help for them? It seems ludicrous to whine and bleat about saving something that hasn't even been born yet when there are real, living, breathing walking-around kids that could use a home. In fact, on those rare occasions when someone dares to confront me with anti-abortion rhetoric, I immediately ask how many kids they've adopted, and when it's "none" I tell them to Fuck Off.

After being told to fuck off many times, lightbulbs have appeared above the heads of the Focus on the Family crew. They've started to realize that anti-choicers might have more credibility when they yap about "saving the children", if they actually, um, you know... saved some children:

"Prominent evangelical Christians are urging churchgoers to strongly consider adoption or foster care, not just out of kindness or biblical calling but also to answer criticism that their movement, while condemning abortion and same-sex adoption, does not do enough for children without parents." ...

"In some people's minds, the church has been very pro-life up until the point of birth," said Michael Monroe, who co-founded an adoption and foster care ministry at Irving Bible Church outside Dallas. "But a lot of people are saying it's not enough to be pro-life, we need to be pro-children, as well." ...

Does that sound like a great idea or what! Seriously. All the anti-abortion wingnuts can step up to the plate and prove they really care about The Children, by actually doing something. But wait:

"Aware that adoption and foster care are not for everyone, organizers are suggesting alternatives such as providing support networks for foster families, taking short-term mission trips and sponsoring orphanages."

The "out". But you just knew there had to be one, didn't you?