Sunday, November 21, 2004

Culture of life?

There have been a few posts about the recent passage of a spending bill that included a provision that allows providers to refuse abortion services if they are opposed to abortions. Despite my new-found activism, I didn't fight this one. However, I've been thinking a lot about this "culture of life" the Bush administration keeps talking about in the middle of a war. Here are some places where you can find out how many people have died in Iraq.

Yes, there are far more abortions performed than there are soldiers killed. But no one is working on finding a way to minimize the occurrance of abortion. The right is simply trying to make it illegal while the left goes on the defensive to make sure that doesn't happen.

Frankly, there are a lot of things that cause death that we should be doing something about: cancer, violent crime, diseases of all kinds, drugs. Why aren't we pouring money into health research or education (which would be an abortion deterrent)? I don't pretend to have all the facts here or all the answers. But every day, I keep thinking about why we never seem to deal with the underlying problems. We treat the symptoms. If this is a culture of life, I don't want any part of it.