I was reading a post on A Good Blog is Hard to Find written by OM in regards to abortion and the concept of what is choice. When I started to make my comment I realised that it may be just a tad too long if I was going to truly explain what I meant so I decided to make it a post however the idea is OM’s this is merely a response.
You will have to bear with me on this one as it really does have a point but requires a little background, so please excuse the litany to follow. Oh I should probably warn you that I’m probably going to seriously piss off both sides of the argument – sorry.
In Australian politics the Labour Party has a rule that all of their members of parliament must vote with the caucus. Policy and planning proposals are given the chance to develop from the grassroots up and when it comes to actual legislation be it from either side of the political fence the caucus members (made up of cabinet or shadow cabinet members and senior officials in the party) debate behind closed doors.
Once a majority decision has been made the rest of the party is informed and from there the vote in the house. It is against party policy to cross the floor and vote against the rule of the caucus. Failure to follow this rule means immediate expulsion from the party and while they can’t remove a sitting member that member will be deemed an independent and at the next election with be replaced with a new candidate chosen from party ranks.
There is however one exception to this rule and that is in the matter of abortion. It is deemed to be such a deeply personal and private choice that it can only be decided by each individual in the quiet recesses of the heart and soul.
In my opinion that is the only way to proceed with such a heart wrenching choice and it is this I feel what Pro-Choice SHOULD be. Something private and personal to each and every person. OM is quite correct in saying those who claim to be Pro-Choice are in the habit of ignoring any other argument other than their own and as such it IS picking a side. They can call it whatever they please but their blind belief that they are right and others are wrong mirrors the same fervour of those who are Pro-Life. BOTH sides believe in the sanctity of their argument and both sides refuse to recognise the arrogance of telling the world that they know what is best for everyone and condemning those who do not side with them.
Both sides are made up (in the main) of good people who cannot understand why others can’t see the light and they are compelled to badger, belabor and harass with the certitude that they, and they alone, are right and if people would only pay attention and stop being stupid then they would agree. How many wars have been fought and are still being fought due to the blind belief in the knowledge that all others bow to their beliefs. How many have died on the altar of righteousness and how many more will follow.
I am fully aware that what I’ve written will most likely anger those who are militant in the beliefs and will most likely not penetrate the bubble of their ideals and I am also aware that the stance I’m taking can be seen as inflicting my view on others in the certainty that I am right. Insofar as that I would most likely agree but I will point out all I am saying is try to remember that as strongly as you believe so too does the other side and if you think them blind to the truth be very certain that they feel the same.