Pro-Life Activists, Especially GOP Politicians, Display Hypocrisy to the Max

by Bobby Reyes

| Photo by Lorie Shaull from St. Paul, MN via Wikimedia Commons

Part IV: “Florida, the State of the Future” Series

It appears that Florida will be the epicenter of the abortion controversy. It looks like it is the major, if not the paramount, issue in the 2022 mid-term elections. Why? Current Florida’s Agricultural Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried is among the two leading aspirants in the August 23rd Democratic primary. Ms. Fried is, first and foremost, a woman who is pro-choice. Not only is she a lawyer, but she is also an activist for the legalization of cannabis as natural medicine; she is also of the Jewish faith. As explained in last Sunday’s Part III, the Jewish religion has traditionally maintained — for 6,000 years or so — that life begins with the first breath of the baby — as soon as the infant is out of the mother’s womb and body.

But as happened in Kansas last August 2nd, the Pro-Choice activists won the referendum that would have ended the right to receive a medical procedure of abortion as part of the State Constitution.

Last Sunday’s piece on abortion elicited so many reactions from readers. A Pro-life advocate, Sandy Chait, an Occupy Democrats–Florida Facebook Group member, made the most-vocal comment against this columnist’s opinion. Mr. Chait commented on Part III’s discussion on abortion (and whether it will affect the viability of Pro-Choice advocate Nikki Fried, who wants to become the governor of Florida). He asked these rhetorical questions: “What about the baby’s rights? Not a human?”

I tried to be courteous to Mr. Chait’s questions because I have answered in Part III (and in this instant column article). I posted for him also the link to a Facebook Group called BLEAK LIVES MATTER (“Born Against” Movement) It carries more commentaries on abortion and about the need of the woman undergoing the procedure to follow her conscience — with the assistance of her family, religious mentors, and medical personnel.

For this column, we discuss the most significant hypocritical act of the state government of the so-called Red States that have outlawed (or are trying to outlaw) abortion. The biggest hypocrisy is the presence of IVF medical clinics in many of their leading cities.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process where an egg (ovum) is combined with sperm in vitro. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova from her ovaries, and letting the sperm fertilize it (or them) in a culture medium in a laboratory.

” … we discuss the most significant hypocritical act of the state government of the so-called Red States that have outlawed (or are trying to outlaw) abortion. The biggest hypocrisy is the presence of IVF medical clinics in many of their leading cities.”

Since IVF is not covered in many medical plans in the Sunshine State, couples often have to pay for IVF on their own, out-of-pocket — even if they are not affluent. However, if the patient is between 21- and 44 years of age, diagnostic tests and any surgery related to infertility are covered. The average cost of IVF in Florida is $12-K for a standard IVF cycle without medication.

Many people are unaware that the fertilized ovum that has become an embryo is often frozen. And in many instances, there are many fertilized ova (that are actually embryos) to ensure that the patient-couple has ample supply of them to have a baby (or children) when it is time for the patient woman to have a child. Sometimes a surrogate mother is employed and bears the embryo to develop in her womb. The embryo can be safely frozen for at least 20 years. There have been cases of embryos frozen for ten years before they were used and successfully resulting in the birth of healthy babies.

The unused embryos are destroyed by the IVF clinic — on the explicit instruction of its patient-couple or sole remaining patient. The Pro-Life activists (PLAs) and the Republican politicians that support them argue that destroying a fertilized egg is murder because life begins at conception. But the same PLA is silent on what is happening in the IVF medical facilities.

“They often do not also make substantial contributions to orphanages — even as tax deductions. Are they protecting the lives only of fertilized eggs, embryos, or fetuses but not abandoned children, especially those with physical deformities? Or starving children of the poorest of the low-income families?”

And here is another form of hypocrisy. Why do the PLAs and their GOP allies support capital punishment if they value life’s sanctity? The convicts awaiting execution are real people, not fertilized eggs, embryos, or fetuses. And there have been executions done on innocent individuals, the innocence of which is often proven by modern DNA testing.

Then how come many GOP officials and their PLA allies seldom adopt infants or toddlers from orphanages? They often do not also make substantial contributions to orphanages — even as tax deductions. Are they protecting the lives only of fertilized eggs, embryos, or fetuses but not abandoned children, especially those with physical deformities? Or starving children of the poorest of the low-income families?

It is incumbent for Democratic candidates like Nikki Fried of Florida to work — once they are in office — to persuade the majority of their constituents to simply respect the civil rights and human rights of women to decide what is best for their bodies and health. After all, all public officials are duty-bound to respect and protect the U.S. Constitution. And legislative bodies cannot enact laws that force people to go against their conscience and religious beliefs. It is simple as that in resolving the abortion controversy.

Public officials must stop devoting much of their time fighting the Pro-Choice people. And as this column suggested earlier, they must lead their constituents and stakeholders in forming Public-and-Private Partnerships for socioeconomic development.

After all, society has so many problems — from gun violence to homelessness caused by poverty, which is often due to poor educational opportunities and antiquated school facilities, etcetera. To paraphrase the late Filipino statesman Raul Manglapus, “No political empowerment is possible if the people do not have first socioeconomic empowerment.”

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