Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard provides muddled pro-choice thinking

More, a women's magazine, has various opinions from women who went from one side of the abortion debate to the other. One of the "Pro-Life to Pro-Choice" conversions is Tulsi Gabbard, a newly elected congresswoman from Hawaii. Congresswoman Gabbard says her experience in the Middle East changed her mind.
I saw Iraqi women who were required to cover themselves from head to toe. I remember that on my second deployment, in Kuwait, there was a ban on any kind of celebration by locals or foreigners on New Year's Eve, because this was a Western unholy holiday. Religious police—undercover agents—would be out in force to make sure there was no piano playing, no music, no fireworks in the Western hotels or anywhere in the country. Typically, these kinds of edicts were backed by guns, fines and imprisonment. Witnessing restrictions touched me to the core......
I grew up thinking I personally would not choose to have an abortion and therefore that's what the government should reflect. My own views, based on Hindu principles, haven't changed. Hinduism teaches that the individual atman, or soul, is present from conception. What has changed is my conviction about what our government's role should be in our personal lives. I realized that no government official, bureaucrat, politician or judge should impose his or her moral views on any other individual.
So according to Congresswoman Gabbard, the unborn are living human beings with souls but she doesn't think it's the government's role to protect living human beings with souls. Are there any other living human beings Congresswoman Gabbard doesn't think should be protected by the government? Does she believe the government shouldn't impose the moral view that slavery is wrong? Does she believe the government shouldn't impose the moral view that killing abortion providers is wrong?

This is pro-choice thinking at its worst. Her argument is that because some government interventions are wrong (ban on western celebrations, women having to cover themselves) that all government interventions based on morality are wrong.  I doubt she'll be using this argument during various other issues where the government becomes involved in personal lives.  

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