Q. Laura asks: “Hi, Mike! I wanted to ask you what your stance is on reproductive rights. I read your post about Democrats reclaiming the meaning of “pro-life” but it was still unclear to me whether or not you support a woman’s right to choose (or if atleast you don’t think the government should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body). Thanks so much!
A. Hi Laura, thanks for the question. I don’t know about euphemisms like “reproductive rights” or “right to choose.” In general, yes, I believe we have the right to reproduce, though doing it excessively should be discouraged. It doesn’t get talked about much, but overpopulation is one of our most pressing issues, a root cause of many of the problems we face.
As for right to choose, in general, yes, but it really depends on what is being chosen. I don’t for example, believe people have the right to choose to gather in large groups during a pandemic.
But if you are asking about abortion, which I think you are, I believe abortion should discouraged through sex education in schools, easily available birth control, and public service campaigns encouraging birth control – but it should be legal, affordable and widely available for those who feel they need it.
Again, I think those policies, along with much the rest of what one might call the more liberal agenda, is much more a pro-life position than that of the anti-abortionists, and certainly than the right in general.
With Coronavirus, we are seeing just how far from being pro-life the national Republicans and right wing “Christian” leadership really are. They are openly saying they care more about money than they do about life. That reaction starkly illustrates how dishonest they are about abortion. They don’t care about abortion. It’s just a wedge issue they can use to part good people from their money, and get them to vote against their morals in all other matters, and against their health and economic interests.
Hope that answers your question.