Since Obama wants to publicize a “war against women,” it’s good to identify the combatants. It’s too trite to categorize it as “Women vs. Republicans,” since the “war” is principally being fought only over the issues of abortion and contraception (or, I’m sorry, access to reproductive health care). So, the war is really not about women or Republicans, but between those who favor abortion and contraception and those opposed to it.
Even that is too simplistic because we need to ask why abortion and contraception is favored at all. To continue dodging the issue, people will claim that women have a “right” to control their own bodies, and abortion and contraception are necessary tools to exercise this right. But, against what do women need to exercise control? Tools are used to complete a task; what task do abortion and contraception aid?
Even pro-choicers would have to admit that abortion and contraception are ways of getting rid of unwanted children. They dodge the issue by suggesting it is just a “clump of cells,” but want these tools because they know that clump of cells will turn into a baby someday. They think that sex doesn’t have the inherent end of producing children, but any sane person clearly sees through the farce. Unspoken is the understanding that kids are a problem. It has to be unspoken, though, because it grates against human compassion to suggest that kids are the enemy.
At least, it used to. It’s difficult to quantify, but there seems to be a growing cultural trend of openly criticizing kids and parents. Kids are annoying and loud in restaurants and airplanes. Parents are derided as “breeders.” If you aren’t convinced this is a real societal movement, the Simpsons verifies it. If you think Catholics are immune to this way of thinking, peruse any discussion about whether the parish church should create a “cry room” to house the annoying babies who bother us while we are trying to get our God on.
For tech-savvy kid-haters, there is a browser plugin called Unbaby.me that “deletes babies from your newsfeed permanently–by replacing them with awesome stuff.” If you are annoyed by your facebook friends who continually barrage your newsfeed with pictures of their babies, install this plugin and “Any baby pics will now be cats or pugs or whatever you want.” After this, you can “Rejoice! Now you don’t have to look at all your friends’ annoying kids.”
Should we be surprised? Lambeth in the 1930s gave moral backing to contraception, so religious people didn’t have to feel guilty about avoiding unwanted kids, and didn’t have to worry much about chastity either. Growing acceptance of contraception and abortion allow us to not feel guilty about avoiding or even killing unwanted unborn kids. The Democrats emphatically want to protect this legal hatred of kids against any slight invasion of sanity.
It’s sad, but the future of the pro-life movement may require us to not only defend the dignity of the unborn, but the recently-born as well.