Trigger warning folks; might want to grab something to hold on to while you read.
Victor calls me a Liberal. We had an argument regarding wiki-leaks and whether we support what they're doing or not, I do, he doesn't, so he wryly pointed out that when I vote, he feels I should vote Liberal. I suppose it's true, I am so Liberal, I'm kind of a Liberal joke. Free speech above all else, more green policies, and to be frank, I don't use shampoo. But this is precisely why I dislike that the highest form of government we can aspire to these days is Democracy.
As a result of the system, we are forced to choose; to put ourselves in one camp, pigeonhole ourselves. "I don't support this policy." "Oh, so you're a Tory?" Well, no. I can't choose to compromise some of my principles so I can have others. They are all equally precious to me and I refuse to rank free speech against other things, weighing them as if I could do without one or another. It is reprehensible to me that I should be forced to act like there are things I do not support to gain the ones I do.
For example, Victor may have identified me as Liberal, but I support the military. I believe it should be a priority in our budget, and this is not really a classical Liberal view. But I also support gay marriage. Which is not a typically conservative view. But the biggest divergence I find is that while I support free speech and complete openness and accountability in our government, I cannot support abortion.
Feels pretty good to go on and get that out there. Before any heated discussion begins I should point out two things: one I am necessarily not talking about medical problems. If there is a forty percent or greater chance that your pregnancy will harm you, it should entirely be your choice to risk it or not, and the hospital should assist you. Two, I am discounting the morning-after pill which, although it is classified as an abortifacent, I consider it valid, but I also believe it should be readily available. These exceptions considered, I'm putting my foot down.
But why? Don't you support a woman's right to choose?
What conservatives and Pro-lifers feared would happen is coming to pass. Just today I was listening to the radio (Tuned to a heavily conservative station; one of the hazards of living with a Tory I suppose) while they discussed twin reductions. No, that's not where you stop sleeping in a queen bed and start sleeping in a couple of twin beds instead, that's where a pregnant woman discovers that she is carrying twins and elects to "reduce" it to a single baby (fetus, whatever).This is apparently pretty common in cases of IV fertilization because to ensure at least one pregnancy takes, they will implant two zygotes, which people are warned about prior to, and elect to take the risk of twins.
How can we support this? Even hardened pro-choice people squirm at this. It is selfishly terminating a life. Pro-life people everywhere feared that we would become too flippant about abortion, that we would take it for granted and you would see people getting needless abortions, and now, here we are. I cannot say what should be done about this; I personally can't see where we could draw a line. Any stand we take would be arbitrarily placed. 6 months? 3 months? Only 1 to 0, not 2 to 1? Only if there's a risk of medical issues? All I know is that it is too loose now. We are experiencing what we experience with divorces. A fifty percent divorce rate because they are too easy now, too accessible, and we take that for granted. But we cannot stand by and let people take abortions for granted. As much as I try to dissociate myself from it, and take a dispassionate view, it is ending a life. I'm not going to hold up disgusting pictures on the sidewalk to convince others to see things my way, because that just disrespects what has been done, and I cannot support that, but neither can I support its continuation in this fashion.