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Which presidential candidate is truly pro-life? | National Catholic Reporter

There is no doubt Obama is pro-choice. He has said so many times. There is also no doubt Romney is running on what he calls a pro-life platform. But any honest analysis of the facts shows the situation is much more complicated than that.

For example, Obama's Affordable Care Act does not pay for abortions. In Massachusetts, Romney's health care law does. Obama favors, and included in the Affordable Care Act, $250 million of support for vulnerable pregnant women and alternatives to abortion. This support will make abortions much less likely, since most abortions are economic. Romney, on the other hand, has endorsed Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan's budget, which will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of the federal plans that support poor women. The undoubted effect: The number of abortions in the United States will increase. On these facts, Obama is much more pro-life than Romney.

But does Romney actually profit from abortions and death squads? Read on...

Which presidential candidate is truly pro-life? | National Catholic Reporter

But let's not stop there. Obama does not financially profit from the abortion industry. Romney does. Bain Capital, in the time Romney was listed as its legal head and even when he was attending Bain board meetings, was an owner of Stericycle, a major disposer of the dead bodies of aborted children in the United States. (See:Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show.) Bain owned a share of Stericycle until 2004, selling its interest for a profit in the tens of millions of dollars. We can parse what Romney's 1999 "retroactive retirement" from Bain means, but he still gets an annual payout from the firm. To the extent those dollars are part of Bain's Stericycle profits, a strong argument exists that Romney is an abortion profiteer. How pro-life is that?

And it has long been known that millions of Bain Capital's original outside funding, solicited by Romney himself, came from wealthy El Salvadorian clans, some of whom, while they were funding Bain, were "linked to right wing death squads." (Salt Lake Tribune, 1999; See also:Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads.) Death squads killed tens of thousands of mostly poor people in El Salvador. They also killed priests, nuns and Archbishop Oscar Romero. How pro-life is that? How pro-life is taking the money of these people and doubling or tripling it for them? And did any of their Bain profits fund more death squads? Before we endorse Romney's "pro-life" claims, isn't it important for us to know that?

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  •  Profit is the bane of our existence. (2+ / 0-)

    Whenever there's profit that goes to someone other than the producer, someone's not getting just deserts.  
    Aborting a fertilized egg is a miserable experience, regardless of the stage. For someone to make a profit out of misery strikes me as a sin.
    But, the medico/surgical termination of pregnancy is something else and making a business out of the wholesale disposal of fetal tissue is disgusting.
    It makes sense that medical wastes have to be properly disposed of, otherwise we end up with hospital and clinic floors awash in blood and guts as they're described in Iraq during the war. But an enterprise that specializes in fetal tissue?  Is that the only waste Stericycle deals in?

    Trying to control the behavior of some people by restricting the behavior of those who would help is another form of triangulation -- an indirect intervention which mainly serves to keep the instigator with clean hands. If an impregnation is coerced, then interfering with an assisted termination augments the initial violation.  It's not just a matter of authority standing silent in the face of abuse, but of becoming complicit.

    The violation of a person's bodily integrity has to be considered one of the most serious crimes.  For authority to be complicit is unconscionable. However, perhaps because the culture of obedience is so pervasive in the U.S., death gets our attention and torture gets a pass.  After all, coerced obedience, which is what the Catholic church hierarchy is mostly about, is essentially abuse. Abuse has been turned into a sort of "lesser included offense," akin to "less than lethal weapons," and doesn't get much attention. Besides, human husbandry relies on it.
    There are some things worse that death. Making a fetish out of the right to life serves to disguise that.

    That conservatives are opposed to alleviating misery is consistent.  "Misery loves company" and, for sure, conservatives are a miserable lot.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 03:10:04 AM PDT

  •  Boy oh boy... (2+ / 0-)

    ...watch the shit hit the fan when Team Obama starts hitting Mittney with this:

    Bain Capital, in the time Romney was listed as its legal head and even when he was attending Bain board meetings, was an owner of Stericycle, a major disposer of the dead bodies of aborted children in the United States.
    I'm guessing the ads are ready to go; unleash them in last two weeks in October, perhaps? Especially in heavily Fundamentalist states? The more Fundies that stay home, the better for the President.
  •  By the way... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Frank Schnittger, Laura Wnderer

    ...good job, Frank. This is an important story and it needs to get a much wider airing.

  •  I'm ambivalent about medical waste disposal. (1+ / 0-)
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    Frank Schnittger

    On the one hand, all kinds of waste ought to be treated and disposed of appropriately.  Whether incineration is appropriate for biological waste is an on-going issue in many communities as they are asked to approve the waste treatment facilities.
    What comes out of the smokestack? Are Stericycle facilities regulated the same as crematoria?
    Whenever there's a profit-oriented enterprise, there's the temptation to cut corners, save on expense and push costs on someone else.
    Incinerating out-dated medications is probably better than dumping them in land-fills and letting them leach into the ground water and we don't want them dumped in the toilet, but chemicals probably ought to be reprocessed.
    What man hath put together, he should take apart.

    Referring to fetal tissue as "babies" is unnecessarily provocative. A baby is a full-term or near-term human that actually lives on its own; not a fetus that's characterized as "viable" after it's already dead.

    Btw, there's a reason the human period of gestation and uterine development is so long that the size of the infants puts the mother's life at risk.  Humans make poor parents and the survival of the young often depends on how insistent the baby is to get its needs satisfied. Why do adults abuse children?  Because they consider them useless unless they can use and abuse them. That mothers love their children instinctively is a myth, perpetrated by people who want to believe they are wanted and loved, even when all the evidence tells them that they're not.

    The retroactive meaning of life!

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 09:52:13 AM PDT

    •  Hypocracy (0+ / 0-)

      I published this diary because I believe it opens a new "pro-life" line of attack on Romney - not necessarily by Team Obama directly but perhaps by a Superpac - astroturf or genuinely pro-life.

      Of course biological and chemical waste has to be processed safely, but I was just trying to highlight the hypocritical nature of Romney's claimed pro-life stance and his profiteering from abortions. (Personally I think healthcare should always be not-for-profit).

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