Pro-Family, Anti-Baby?

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A short post this time around. With the passage of more state laws restoring or defending the traditional definition of marriage (particularly the high-profile Prop. 8 in CA), Christian leaders across the country have issued press releases proclaiming the good news. There is definitely reason to celebrate!

Still, there was a disconnect in the voting this election cycle. Voters defended marriage -- and by extension, the family -- but many pro-life measures were defeated, sometimes by the same voters. In CA, specifically, Prop. 8 gained much more support when proponents ran some ads informing voters of the homosexual agenda (more on that in an upcoming post) and how it was being foisted upon their children in the public schools. So it seems that voters' support of Prop. 8 was at least in part driven by defense of the family. But then some of the same voters turned around and voted against Prop. 4, a common-sense law ensuring parental notification when pregnant minors seek an abortion. Can a parent be more concerned about homosexual propaganda invading her child's mind than about a scalpel and vacuum invading her child's uterus*? I'm sure there are more eloquent ways to ask the question I just asked. But does my blunt presentation make me wrong necessarily?

How can Americans be pro-family but anti-baby? What are your thoughts? If anyone has read anything on this, I'd be interested to check it out.

*Dilation and curettage (D&C) is the abortion procedure I'm referring to here. Did you know that "curettage" actually means "scraping"? Do you think D&C would be acceptable to most Americans if it was referred to as "dilation and scraping"? I don't, either. It's interesting how powerful words can be, isn't it? (more on this in an upcoming post)

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Everyone is for the family.

But the idea that a fetus is a baby has not sunk in.

That's why.

It's logical of course: your offspring is your family. That much should be evident. But people have not come to terms with the cognitive dissonance.

I think you're right.

Then let's do something about it! If someone hasn't already put up a website or blog to this end, let's do it ourselves. We can build off the marriage victories by showing people the consistency in protecting your family both before and after birth.

This is hardly an epiphany, I know. Someone has probably already made a website to this end. But if not, let's put it together!

Does anyone know anything about website creation? I have a blog but it is limited in its design features, etc.

Could it by that while you regard pro-life/anti-gay-marriage and a grab-bag of other issues as all being 'pro-family,' the voters are failing to connect them in this way? It's a bit of a stretch to see how homosexuality and abortion are related... homosexuals, after all, do not get pregnent except by deliberate choice. Trying to cram them both under the label of 'family' is an artificial connection. Politically convenient, but ultimately just a constructed association that voters are able to reject.

Suricou,

I'm sorry for being unclear. I'm not saying that pro-life and anti-gay marriage are one and the same and I'm not saying that both fall under the label of "family". But if parents will protect their young children from indoctrination in the public schools of the homosexual agenda, won't they also want to protect their children from the sex-without-consequences indoctrination in the public schools? This is important, particularly since abortions can be extremely invasive and even dangerous.

Does that make more sense?

I'm afraid that I take a more-dim view of such things. Prop 8 doesn't have to have been voted down by people who love the traditional family, we were (let's be honest) helped by people who just don't like homosexuals.

Given that our society is pretty accepting of shacking up, and the popularity of adultery in entertainment, I think it's a bit much to hope that we've got a strong pro-family inclination.

Rather, I suspect that a lot of people voted for Prop 8 for the wrong reasons ... and it would be perfectly consistent for such people to deny protection for the unborn.




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