A lesson I learned from my father was this: if you want to understand why things are a certain way you need to answer one question: cui bono? Who benefits? I’ve found this to be a pretty reliable standard. Hopefully this won’t degenerate into Obama bashing, or Bush bashing. For the record, I dislike both of them about equally. I am not a liberal. I am not a conservative. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am a Catholic.
I majored in ancient history. I don’t believe in progress. I believe, as Ecclesiastes said, there is nothing new under the sun. I believe that politicians are not so much immoral as amoral. They will do what they think is necessary to be elected. I believe that, in America today, we do not have two major parties but one that pretends to be two. The Democrats have become the party that is not Republican, and vice versa.
The two “sides” air their differences publicly to obscure the fact that there really is, in effect, only one party and it represents only one constituent: money. For example, $700 billion for the banks, $787 billion for the rest of the country; could our priorities be more clear? Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. As a society, we are not a Christian nation, we serve Mammon.
A figure for comparison: according to WHO figures, $700 billion is enough money to end hunger. On Earth. For a generation. I think I remember Jesus having a few things to say about feeding the hungry. But I digress.
What does any of this have to do with abortion? Well, as much as we like to demonize Planned Parenthood, it is, after all, a non-profit. And its budget is in the millions…compared to the numbers that get tossed around so casually these days, rather small. So who is making the real money? Well, take a look at any of the lists of companies that support abortion, like this one:
You’ll notice certain companies figure prominently :
- Insurance Companies
- Pharmaceutical Companies
Why would insurance companies support abortion? The average cost of an abortion is $450. The average cost of prenatal care and delivery is $8000. And that’s for a normally delivered healthy child. What about a c-section, or a child with medical problems? Not to mention the elimination of any future expense. Sounds like a clear financial incentive to me.
Banks? Well, as recent events have demonstrated, banks and insurance companies are pretty well entangled. Banks have a clear interest in seeing insurance companies do well. Very well, if possible.
Pharmaceutical companies? As both Paul VI and John Paul II said, contraception and abortion are related. Birth control pills are abortifacient. They are also very profitable. Again, we’re talking billions here.
It seems that all three of these have excellent reasons to keep abortion cheap, legal, and frequent. This is not so good. It suggests to me two things:
- Most of our pro-life efforts are misdirected.
- There is no effective pro-life choice politically.
By analogy, the clinic downtown is the “street dealer” while the cartels rake in the large dollars far away. Insurance firms, Banks, Big Pharma…not exactly a haven for bleeding heart liberals either. We all know where the Democratic party stands. Could it be that the Republicans have been less than honest about their own position. With billions at stake, I think that is very probably the case. It would certainly explain why Reagan and Bush enjoyed Republican Congresses and yet did so little. I’m curious to hear what the community thinks.
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