Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Day Mitch McConnell Changed My Mind

Before I was even old enough to vote, my politics have been formed by a desire to protect those most vulnerable among us.

Since 1973, since legalized abortion, the most vulnerable population in our country has been and currently is, the unborn.

It's never bothered my conscience to be a single-issue voter, because the death of so many without a voice weighs heavily and constantly on my mind. 

A country with abortion rates as high as ours is a country that's lost its hope. When the thought of a new baby doesn't inherently mean a future full of hope, something is wrong.

Who is it that's lost their hope?

Statistically, it's women who are poor and racial minorities. The New York Times recently published an interview with Birth Choice of Oklahoma about the care and services they offer to women. And the majority -- 70 percent -- of women who come to this pro-life crisis pregnancy resource center don't speak English. Many are undocumented.

The founders of Birth Choice shared that, from its inception, they have "struggled to find support for women who feel too poor to have their babies."

The poor and racial minorities.

When the leader of the party I have always called "pro-life" tweeted this ultimatum, shrugging off a choice between two desperate, hopeless groups of people in our country -- coincidentally, the two groups who are most vulnerable to choose abortion instead of life for their children -- it was a moment of clarity for me.

I realized, this political party, with a historically pro-life platform -- the very leadership of this party -- can't trace how removing a successful healthcare program from the poor and legal protections for undocumented minorities directly drives the hopeless toward abortion.

This need to prioritize issues isn't new to me. There has always been give-and-take in government -- politicians I don't like who represent a platform I do like, a party that protects one group, but not another, the need to find sustainable funding.

But I'm not playing politics anymore. I'm not playing this guilt game of "vote Republican or abortion will never end in America."

I'm not bargaining vulnerable people groups anymore. Poor children in our country need healthcare AND undocumented child immigrants need legal protection. And I'm going to vote for candidates who believe this with me, who will push hard to find room in our national budget to make these things happen.

And in doing so, in voting for candidates who prioritize protections for poor children and racial minorities, among other vulnerable people groups, I believe I will also be voting for every baby -- poor, minority, disabled -- every baby, to be born into a future full of hope.

1 comment:

  1. I think you're going to find a lot of 'righteous fury' in response to this post. Know that as much as you might like those people they might be too far gone down the right wing rage machine to accept this.

    Good luck and God Bless

    Canby Ibarra