In light of right-wing extremists’ latest smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, one Catholic nun decided to speak out on the hypocrisy of the GOP’s relentless crusade against a woman’s right to choose. Leslie Sazillo of the Daily Kos reports that Sister Joan Chittister, of the Order of Saint Benedict, had some powerful words for the misogynist radicals in our Congress and on FOX News:
“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”
She is absolutely right. The Republican Party and right-wingers care nothing for the child once it is born. They cut funding from the public schools that would teach it, and cut free lunch programs from those schools. They refuse to raise the wages of its parents, so that they might afford to take care of the child. They cut funding from the food stamps that the parents must use because they will not raise wages. They refuse to allow They will not allow schools to teach the child about basic human biological functions, ensuring that they too will birth more babies to families that aren’t ready to have them.
And for what purpose could this possibly serve, but to perpetuate a perverse and archaic vision of social control? To dominate women and their sexuality, to keep them permanently pregnant, robbing them of their independence and agency, producing more children to brainwash into little Christian Republican zealots. That is not the American way, and it is an absolutely atrocious disregard of human potential, not to mention morally reprehensible, a slap in the face to any reasonable appeals to basic human decency.
These latest attacks on Planned Parenthood are the last straw. American women deserve better than to be shamed and disenfranchised by the ignorant and self-righteous rabble that play at governance in state legislatures across the Midwest and in the halls of our once-hallowed Congress. As Ted Cruz announces his intention to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, one really has to wonder at how they have any grounds to present themselves as a legitimate political force. Once again, all the Republican Party has to offer America is to strip away vital programs on the basis of some absurd and contrived moral objection, with nothing to offer in return. We cannot allow them to succeed in their plans to gut Planned Parenthood.
Huge thanks to Leslie Sazillo of the Daily Kos for breaking the story, which can be found here.
You can learn more about Sister Chittister at on website.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.