John McCain said something during last night’s debate that made my ears perk and my blood boil:

MCCAIN: Just again, the example of the eloquence of Senator Obama. He’s health for the mother. You know, that’s been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything.

That’s the extreme pro-abortion position, quote, ‘health.’

Wait a minute.  Did I hear this right?  Concern about the health and safety of a woman is “extremist”?  Since when is that “pro-life”?  Since Senator McCain and the rest of his followers who claim to be pro-life really don’t know the meaning of either “pro” or “life”, let me set them straight.  Real Pro-Lifers are:

  • for protecting the lives of a women, not just the unborn, because women are alive now.
  • against the death penalty, because prisoners are alive now, too.
  • environmentalists, because clean air and clean water are the foundations of a healthy and safe life.
  • anti-war, because war kills life.
  • pro-gun control, because guns threaten life.
  • for mandated health care programs, because the poor and the not-so-rich deserve healthy and disease-free life.
  • for good and well-funded education, because living a good life requires the tools and the knowledge to sustain that life.
  • for good and well-funded social services, because abuse, rape, and violence threaten life and the path to a safe life .  (Aside:  If we had more “pro-lifers” in congress, we wouldn’t need services like CASA.)

So, why don’t we all just drop the “Pro-Life” moniker and call it what it is – Pro-Birth.  Because, these Pro-Birthers really could give a damn about what happens post-birth.

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