The value of life, here and abroad

I am not a Republican, nor a Democrat. These days I do have a tendency to be more conservative, but it is definitely spiced with my ultra-liberal upbringing. It is always good to keep an open mind, and not buy into a story at face value. Do your own research, and generally, question EVERYTHING, I always say.

My Twitter feed is an eclectic mix of sources of information from both the left & right sides of the politcal spectrum. I follow some tweeters whose politics I disagree with completely, basically because I just want to understand other points of view, not just fill my feed with things I would automatically agree with. If a tweeter starts posting obscene things, or blatant propaganda, I unfollow. The unfollows have been rare though. My second one took place yesterday.

Yesterday, a radio program called MajorityFM posted on their twitter feed (@MajorityFM) a headline that disturbed me, “The GOP Budget Will Kill 70,000 Children Around the World.” The link went to a YouTube video of the broadcaster reading portions of an article from ABC News by Kirit Randia:

“At least 70,000 children around the world could die if funding for global health programs is cut under the Republican budget proposal, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah warned Congress Thursday.”

The article referenced by MajorityFM vilified the efforts in Congress to trim the Federal budget. One of the ways that members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are doing this is by proposing cuts to many different programs, such as USAID, which would bear a roughly 50% reduction in its International Disaster Assistance fund, or $430 million.

This is without question, a terrible thing. I know firsthand how desperately the basic assistance that USAID provides is needed in many areas around the world. The figure of 70,000 children is definitely a conservative one- chances are its a lot higher.

However, MajorityFM’s incendiary rebuke of the GOP’s federal budget proposal strikes me as incredibly hypocritical and hence the unfollow. These are the same folks who decry slashing Federal funding of Planned Parenthood, which annually, in the United States alone, subsidizes 1,200,000 abortions a year. If we are talking about deaths of infants and children, these figures are not just terrible, but unconscionable. From my perspective, it seems that while MajorityFM bemoans the potential deaths of tens of thousands of children worldwide, it has no problem with 1,200,000 ACTUAL deaths a year, in their very own country!

Although by law, Planned Parenthood is prohibited from allocating any federal funding for abortions, some abortion opponents, like Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, have argued that allocating money to Planned Parenthood for the provision of other medical services “frees up” funds for abortion. Logically, anyone who knows how a business works knows, that if you provide several services, and one or more of those services have little or no overhead, you can allocate more capital to other goods or services that cost more to provide or produce.

I don’t want children to die ANYWHERE, no matter how big or small they are. To use geography, age, social status, stage of development, race, gender or religion to justify killing innocents is discriminatory, at the least.

If you are interested, here is my whole exchange with @MajorityFM:

@majorityfm Majority Report
The GOP Budget Bill Will Kill 70,000 Children Around the World http://bit.ly/hhQdd6 #p2 #tcot #tlot #gop

@lupitatucker Lupe Tucker
@majorityfm Whereas funding Planned Parenthood will kill hundreds of thousands of babies in the US ALONE. #unfollow

@majorityfm Majority Report
@lupitatucker So you’re against these cuts?

@lupitatucker Lupe Tucker
@majorityfm No, it just seems that acc to your politics, 70,000 children worldwide are worth more than hundreds of thousands domestically.

@lupitatucker Lupe Tucker
@majorityfm 1,200,000 to be exact. In the United States, in one year ALONE. Just food for thought.

No other responses.

In researching for this post I used abortion statistics from the following website: http://www.mccl.org/page.aspx?pid=400

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

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