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On the Drunken Brawl That Is the RH Bill Debate

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“Bar Fight – Blood & Roses” by Mitch Byrd © & ™ Blue Line Pro

“The most fervent opponents of Christian doctrine have often enough shown a temper which, psychologically considered, is indistinguishable from religious zeal.” – William James

I’ve been avoiding the RH bill issue for the last few months, partly because I’m disgusted by how the debate has degenerated into ad hominems and petty squabbles that have nothing to do with the real arguments for or against. Both sides have been behaving badly, and I’m especially disappointed by the antics of some otherwise reasonable and intelligent people whom I used to hold in high regard. It’s turning into a bar fight; people throwing blind kicks and punches without caring where they land. They don’t seem to realize that they’re hurting their cause.

I understand that people are angry and frustrated, but while lashing out at the other side is extremely satisfying, it’s also nonconstructive. And that’s another reason I’ve been quiet. I’ve been struggling to swallow my sarcasm.

“If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.” – Thumper

Well, we don’t have to be fluffy-baby-animals-nice but we could try to let cooler heads prevail and be a little more civil. Some RH advocates seem to be relying on brute force to get the RH bill passed. They’re being as loud and obnoxious as possible and hoping that’ll be enough to steamroll the opposition. (Granted the opposition is guilty of similar tactics, but the problem with an eye for an eye is it leaves everyone blind.) But success of the RH bill (not just whether or not it will be passed in congress, but whether or not it will be implemented properly) depends on both sides finding common ground and working together. And that’s not going to happen in a hostile environment.

“What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and understanding?” – Elvis Costello

So this is an appeal (to the grand total of ten people who read this blog, who may or may not care about reproductive health, but, you know, whatever) for less cheap shots and more fact-based arguments, less antagonism and more openness to compromise and collaboration. That’s all. Thank you.


Written by Aissa

March 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

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