David Cook is a columnist with The Chattanooga Times Free Press. Recently, he wrote a commentary on the Hamilton County Commission supporting Amendment 1 by resolution. Amendment 1 is a state constitutional amendment banning abortions.
Cook has this to say about the amendment and the pro-life issue:
“If we could swab the decks of our stereotypes, and the Left was able to align itself more with the pro-life movement, a larger space could be cleared for a greater vision of what being pro-life actually means.
We could reclaim and renew the word: pro-life, for all of life.
‘The protection of life is a seamless garment,’ the Catholic pacifist Eileen Egan once said.
A seamless pro-life ethic would argue both for the unborn and for the victims of war. It would seek to end the death penalty and criminal violence. No more rape, no more poverty. It would be boundary-less: a political platform that would include life everywhere, not just the womb.
‘You can’t protect some life and not others,’ Egan said.
If the County Commission is to talk about abortion, it must also talk equally about the landscape that encourages it. Our poverty has become feminized: Two-thirds of our poor households are headed by women, and the infant mortality rate in some neighborhoods rivals that of Third World countries.
Yes, this all may be messy and difficult, but there must be a political maturity and moral high road able to both love and support women and their rights of reproduction while also loving and supporting the dignity of the unborn.
Otherwise, we’re lost in a land of double standards: a state Legislature that wants to regulate abortion but won’t expand Medicaid, or activists (and columnists) that march against the death penalty but not abortion.
‘Nature in everything deserves respect,’ the early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft wrote.
Will I [Cook] vote for the amendment come November?
I can’t yet say, but I do believe this:
I hope to be more pro-life than ever before.” David Cook, Chattanooga Times Free Press
However, voting for an amendment banning abortions has nothing to do with being pro-life. If the pro-life movement were honest it would act as Cook suggests expanding Medicaid, banning the death penalty, and by earnestly starting a war on poverty. However, if we are honest we recognize that this amendment invades on women’s rights, their right to make a choice consulting with their families, their doctors and their god (if they choose to believe). Therefore, we as voters should vote the amendment down, repudiating a conservative big government’s unreasonable intrusion into our lives.
This Amendment is about conservatives pushing their brand of morality, nothing more.
Who wants a bunch politicians preaching to us about morality or expanding government to suit their moral beliefs? In thinking about the answer all we have to do is think about the morality of politicians like Scott DesJarlais and Mark Sanford.