Burch: Killing Nashville teens

Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 1:09pm
By Michael R. Burch

GOP geniuses are on a roll. Their plan to drown the earth in pollution and unwanted babies keeps gathering steam. As a result, the lives of Nashville teenagers are increasingly endangered.

Last year, as reported by the Associated Press, “the Republican-controlled House voted to strip federal money from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and from Planned Parenthood and to bar the EPA from issuing global warming regulations.”

This year, Ohio Republicans added an amendment to a budget bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. Nina Turner, an Ohio Senator, told The Daily Beast, “It’s a social, racial and economic attack. Most of the women who are affected are poor, or black, or brown. It’s becoming a sin in this country to be poor and female.”

The family planning organization is also under attack in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and other states.

Closer to home, Tennessee Representative Stacey Campfield recently compared defunding Planned Parenthood with taking the prettiest girl at prom home (presumably to make whoopee and lots of babies).

What will happen here in Nashville, if Planned Parenthood isn’t around to dispense birth control and counsel young people who aren’t ready to assume the tremendous responsibilities of parenthood? It seems obvious that we’ll end up with more unwanted babies and more stressed-out teenagers dropping out of school, doing drugs and committing suicide. How many pregnant girls will end up ripping their insides out with coat hangers, or paying unqualified backroom abortionists to mutilate them, because qualified doctors weren’t available? How many teenagers will end up with terrible diseases like AIDS, if they aren’t given free condoms?

Will the highly dubious, shortsighted “morality” of Tennessee Republicans kill young Nashvillians who aren’t ready to become parents? Unfortunately, yes. Make no mistake about it, any successful GOP scheme to de-fund Planned Parenthood will result in more pregnancies and thus more abortions: very unsafe abortions that will result in more dead teens and pre-teens.

Conservatives seem intent on forcing other people to live (and die) according to their beliefs. According to their simplistic “ethics,” people should remain virgins till marriage and pre-teen mothers should be forced to risk their lives by having babies their bodies aren’t ready to bear. Where do conservatives get such bizarre ideas? Primarily from the Bible. Should young Nashville girls risk physical harm because American conservatives derive their “morals” from Moses, a barbarian who in Numbers 31 commanded his warriors to murder captured women and male children, keeping only the virgin girls alive for themselves?

Planned Parenthood helps save the lives and preserve the health and mental well-being of young Nashvillians. If we want fewer unplanned pregnancies, fewer abortions and fewer teen and pre-teen fatalities, we need Planned Parenthood, not stone-aged thinking derived from barbarians.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

51 Comments on this post:

By: One4Progress on 6/12/12 at 9:41

The Christian Right (Christian Reconstructionists and Dominionists) would have a country that is run according to Mosaic Law...the 600 morality laws of the Old Testament. In addition to the deletion of all secular laws, the Old Testament punishment for these restrictions on individual freedoms would be stoning. Watch out fornicators, adulterers and gays--and disrespectful sons and daughters.

Based on a Calvinist theology, anyone with life challenges or difficulties must have been out of God's will, and therefore his punishment is the way to correct the deficient behavior. (Makes me wonder how they deal with Job's tribulations.) Given that a theocratic government would follow the efforts of Reconstructionists, any government assistance would be directly tied to one's repentence and their conversion to this belief structure. If one remains outside the "will of God," the government refuses any sort of assistance--or worse, by stoning.

When considering such belief structures it is not difficult to see that abolishing abortion would be tied to this untoward behavior... After all, only those who would engage in sex outside of marriage would have a need for abortion. But to challenge Roe v Wade requires that the fundamental cornerstone of the decision--the right to privacy found in Griswald v Connecticut (1965--the case that overturned Connecticut's ban on the sale of contraceptives) also be overturned. The consequences of that would be to allow the government into every bedroom in this country..whether to catch the adulterers, gay couple/sodomizers--and to prevent the use of contraceptives by married couples. (This is where Rick Santorum goes off the deep end stating that artificial contraception is forbidden because sex is intended by God to perpetrate the species--and the pill is but another form of abortion.)

This nation is on the brink of becoming a theocracy--not unlike the Taliban--if these dangers are not recognized and challenged quickly. Another quote from Reconstructionists..."Evangelism is much easier at the tip of a sword."