Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pro Life or Pro Birth!

Sr. Joan Chittester on Pro--life vs pro-birth

In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the 'pro-life' movement:
"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."
This quote applies well to many Republican lawmakers and anti-choice extremists who continue to introduce/pass misogynist laws restricting a woman's reproductive rights. At the same time, the GOP works to shut down women's health clinics, with a special vengeance towards Planned Parenthood (#StandWithPP). You don't hear of these Right Wing anti-choice extremists adopting children from unplanned pregnancies. But you do hear of them cutting government programs like school lunches for children, cutting aid to families who are homeless and/or in need, and blocking free college education. No, the goals of these hypocrites seem to be more about controlling l women's bodies and women's futures. It's good to hear a Catholic nun define GOP double talk so well. An outspoken advocate for women, Sister Joan Chittister is an author of 50 books and a lecturer. Holding a Ph.D. from Penn State University, she is also a research associate in a division of Cambridge University. Other subjects of her writing includes women in the church and society, human rights, peace and justice, religious life and spirituality. She has appeared in the media on numerous shows including Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, Bill Moyers, BBC, NPR, and Oprah Winfrey. You can visit Joan Chittister's website at Joan
The photo of Sister Joan Chittister from her new upcoming book: 'Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts, due out in September.' Excerpts of this story were taken from an earlier Daily Kos diary: 'Anti-Choice Extremists Shut Down Planned Parenthood Website'

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Anglican Kossacks and Pro Choice.

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