That's right – abortion. I absolutely love to dismantle the mindless liberal drones and Bushbots that haunt my favorite message boards. As a Christian man, and a traditionalist, I am decidedly pro-life. What I have come up against with one nemesis in particular on occasion when debating abortion on demand is the notion that the vast majority of pro-lifers are completely disinterested in "the living."
As much as it pains me to admit it, my nemesis has a valid and poignant take on it all. Due to the fact that he actually had an original thought, it probably won't surprise you to know that he, in fact, isn't a liberal, but a right-leaning moderate atheist with a tendency toward instigation rather than sharing ideas.
The idea that most pro-life supporters also support the death penalty and cutting welfare benefits strikes me as a little odd. I'm not in favor of the welfare state, but some people do need help. I see it as an investment in our nations greatest resource: the people.
The problem is, of course, the involvement of the federal government. For every one person or couple that needs and deserves help, there are countless others working the system. The death penalty is a different animal, so I'll just leave that alone for now.
From my perspective, the one aspect of abortion that neither side is talking about is the vast number of otherwise talented, bright, and possibly brilliant American men and women that are being thrown in the dumpster in favor of their irresponsible parents.
Why do both sides of this issue continue to ignore the causal relationship of poor life decisions and abortion? It's pretty obvious, is it not? People make bad decisions and end up not being (in their minds) financially able or responsible enough to care for a child – whether they dropped out of school or they're ridiculously selfish or just scared to death because their parent(s) was a moron who never learned how to be a parent either.
If you can't ban abortion, which the pro-life movement has yet to do, why ignore other avenues of prevention? I know about Crisis Pregnancy Centers and adoption advocates, and these efforts produce lot of good outcomes. But sadly, they don't even make a dent in the problem. They are reactionary in nature. Someone in trouble gets pregnant and then we act. What we need is prevention.
We need a national volunteer mentoring program in this country. If just one of every thousand well-to-do people were willing to take a little time to mentor a fatherless or otherwise troubled young man or women on the choices they will and do face, and how those choices will affect their lives, I believe we could forever change the trap of poverty in this nation and subsequently cut the number of abortions.
You might ask, "What about Big Brothers and Big Sisters?" To that I say, how does taking a kid to shoot hoops or watch baseball change his outcome? If he doesn't want to hear what you're saying, he won't. At the risk of sounding callous, why not take him to the bank and teach him how to open an account? Why not show him how to balance a checkbook? Why not teach him about interest and loans?
If you happen to be a business owner, why not take him to a meeting? Why not teach him how to type a resume? Why not teach him how to dress and speak properly when being interviewed for a job? Why not help him fill out his FASFA paperwork or prepare for the SAT? Why not help him get a better job? Why not schedule some time for him to tour the places he might be interested in working?
It can't be abstinence and preaching all the time. It can't be all billboards and picket lines. The pro-life movement needs centralized leadership to address real-time, viable, and fresh approaches to abortion prevention. I think most liberals would be on board with this idea. However, they would be drooling over it if the federal government would mandate that those making $85,000 and up mentor one youngster a year because they're all obsessed with "income disparity."