As you may have heard, the Republican presidential candidates are frothing at the mouth about the Pro-Life Pledge, put out by the Susan B. Anthony List. Here's what it says:
I PLEDGE to the American people that if elected President, I will:
FIRST, only nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;
SECOND, select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services;
THIRD, advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;
FOURTH, advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
Obviously, there is some disturbing language in this pledge. Not only is it threatening to a woman's right to choose, but it also advocates discrimination against those who want to protect that right. As such, Rick Santorum has, of course, signed it. He's also criticized Mitt Romney for not signing it. It's clear to me, however, that this pledge is a threat to women's health, to families, and to freedom (pardon the Republican-style rhetoric).
In light of this alarming document, I thought it wise to produce my own. Behold, the Abortion Pledge:
I pledge the following to the members of the Susan B. Anthony List:1. If I get pregnant before the age of 21, I will have an abortion.
2. If I know anyone who gets pregnant before the age of 21, I will strongly suggest that they have an abortion.
3. If I get pregnant while still pursuing my education and cannot feasibly financially support a child, I will have an abortion.
4. If I get pregnant and am a current heavy drug user, I will have an abortion.
5. If I get pregnant and discover that my unborn child has a defect that will cause him or her a short life of unbearable pain, I will have an abortion.
6. If I am in a situation where not terminating my pregnancy is likely to kill me, I will have an abortion.
7. If I am in any other situation where I feel like an abortion is the best course of action, I will have an abortion.
8. If I am in any of the aforementioned situations and opt not to have an abortion, I will remember that my choice would have been meaningless without the right to choose and will continue to defend that right.
9. If I have the ability, I will donate to Planned Parenthood and/or other organizations that defend a woman's right to choose.
You can sign it here. Spread the word.