Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Amen

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I’ll see your health care plan, and I’ll raise you a decrease on abortion.

For my more “conservative” brothers and sisters…

Let me pose a question to you – could the proposed health care plan for America*, help to decrease abortion?

Since the issue of abortion seems to be all Christians care about in America, I thought I would connect the dots a little, and get your brain waves a thinkin’...

The fact is, most women who have abortion’s do it because they are scared. I just talked to a woman the other day who told me that if her pregnancy tests come up positive for some kind of birth defect (down syndrome specifically), that she will definitely abort. Needless to say, I was a little speechless. I thought to myself, “I will adopt that baby”…

It was no coincidence that within the same day, I also had a conversation with another woman who told me about her experience with her son who has special needs. He is older now, and it was a huge goal of hers to get him out into the world, but under a special board and care. She said that his whole life it was incredibly difficult to get any help from the state or federal government.

Lets talk basics here – the special needs adult cannot work, and therefore cannot obtain healthcare, and can’t stay on his parents plan forever. How is this fair… just… right?

If the special needs mom, talks to the prego mom, it’s no wonder that prego would want to have an abortion. She would never be able to afford a special needs baby…

Though this situation might seem rare, I beg to say that it’s not; and it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Another thought: if health care is obtainable for everyone, and there is more of an emphasis on preventative care, maybe young women will visit their doctors early on in age, and find them to be someone they can confide in, and be educated by.

I remember being young, and my doctor asking my mother to step out of the room so she could talk to me alone. In that conversation, things got personal, and I also felt safe with her. She explained what “safe sex” was (which trust me, A LOT of people do NOT receive this education). She explained the risks to me… pregnancy… STD’s… emotional scars. She also gave me a little talk on men in general, and the beauty of abstinence.

I came into my teen years a well educated and prepared youth, who knew the facts. And to be honest, most of my education about sex, abortion, and birth control, came from my doctor and my friends. So I am not sure where I would be today without my doctor.

*I want to be clear that I am specifically focusing on the health care plan that Obama has proposed and NOT Universalized health care. Yes, there is a difference...