In a matter of weeks, abortion-ban proposals have been introduced as state laws, restricting a woman's right to choose what to do with her body. Disturbing Instagram posts that quote Republican verbiage regarding rape have swept our feeds, bringing awareness that they certainly do not have the best interest of all Americans at heart.
It is a scary time for women in America, a time when Republican congressmen are trying to tear down bodily autonomy. Some have been calling these proposals a war on women, and I personally can’t see it as anything else. But despite the danger of these decisions, perhaps the worst part is the inherent hypocrisy. While this movement falls under the umbrella of “pro-life,” it is pursued in combination with non pro-life agendas.
One area in which these ironies become evident is the death penalty, an act 76% of conservatives believe in and support, despite the fact that it is, in essence, taking away a human life. It is inconsistent and wrong to support ending a life, while at the same time claim that all life is sacred in order to fight abortion rights.
Another area of hypocrisy is in the conservatives' refusal to pursue stricter gun laws when, in 2018 alone, nearly 40,000 people died from guns in the U.S., the highest number of fatalities within the past 50 years. While refusing to pursue better restrictions is bad enough, Republicans actively fight and advocate to put more guns in the hands of more people for what they reason as ‘self-defense.’ These arguments fall pretty flat in the face of growing gun deaths.
In keeping with their inconsistencies, the Republican Party strongly opposes the Affordable Care Act, which works to make affordable health insurance available to more people. A lack of health insurance contributes to 45,000 deaths annually. In environmental issues, they also pursue an anti-life agenda. Many Republicans don’t believe climate change is a large enough concern to take measures to counteract its effects. Some Republicans still deny that global warming is real. However, according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 250,000 people will die between 2030 and 2050 because climate change will increase malnutrition, heat stress, and malaria.
Lastly, the Republican Party has turned its back on the thousands of people that die each year from poverty-related causes. Republicans have put significant effort into cutting SNAP funding, restricting funds for quality education, and avoiding raising the minimum wage. Poverty kills, and the conservative platform blocks almost all initiatives to lift people out of it.
Pro-life activists fight for a life to be brought into the world, but once it’s here, they do not protect. This is hardly a pro-life stance. If someone genuinely believed in preserving lives, they would save lives from guns, climate damage, curable health problems, and poverty. They would also keep their hands off a woman’s body and let her decide.
Why do they fight so hard for lives to begin if they have no intention of protecting them once they start? It sounds to me like they are more anti-abortion and anti-life than anything else.