Life is passionately defended only if the subject of concern is fetal life. "Right-to-life" politicians are often vehement supporters of the death penalty, seemingly oblivious to the obvious internal inconsistency in their attitudes to the beginning and the ending of life.
On Thursday, September 24, I saw Pope Francis with my own eyes. That's the gospel truth. Now the confession. I was attending the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate rally -- organized to support the Pope's call to action on climate change.
Brittany Maynard has a right to life -- to her life. And a right to one's life requires, as an inseparable corollary, the right to terminate it. What else is a right to some action if not the freedom to choose whether or not to engage in it?
It's not the right of the fetus to life that really drives them. It is their belief that woman who have sex for pleasure should bear the "consequences" of their decision. The hostility is tangible -- I have the hate-tweets to prove it.
As a people, we have gone from the outrage over the atrocities at Newtown and Aurora (and all those that preceded them and the daily shootings in gang-ridden neighborhoods) to a sense of not yet resignation, but certainly of war weariness.
Should Jodi Arias and other convicted murderers be allowed to choose the death penalty? At first glance, the death penalty appears to be the harsher sentence but if Arias prefers death, does life in prison become the harsher sentence?
Tragically, the lives of the parents are completely ignored by the anti-abortionists. Yet that is the essential issue. In any conflict it's the actual, living persons who count, not the mere potential of the embryo.
Right to Life should mean access to health care. The right-wing supports birth, but not health care for all as right of citizenship. Priority number one of a Romney administration is to repeal Obamacare.
The medical establishment's support for patient choice exists within a particular, and peculiar, bioethical framework.A problem arises for palliative care physicians when people question their intention.