Setting the record straight: my conservatarian stance on abortion, life
Yesterday, what I asked as a valid question turned in to a long day of tweets on Twitter, with several hundred replies coming through my account. Maybe Twitter needs to create a “temporarily stop” button.
This all started when I asked a person — who I thought was a friend on twitter — what she thought of a bill in her home state. The legislation would require a woman to carry a baby to full term if she was raped. If a woman had an abortion, it would be considered to be “tampering with evidence,” as that baby could be used as evidence in the rapists trial through DNA matching and by the mere fact of its existence.
.@politixfireball So what do u think of this new anti abortion bill in NM – if you’re raped, the fetus/baby is evidence & can’t be aborted?
— Sara Marie Brenner (@saramarietweets) January 25, 2013
Of course, this may lead to fewer women filing rape charges, because if a woman wants an abortion and it is only allowed if she wasn’t raped, then she isn’t going to follow through with rape charges. Nonetheless, I was simply asking this other person on twitter what she thought. She supports the bill, and I support the right for states to be the laboratories of experiment.
What this conversation became was a discussion over whether abortion is acceptable in the case of rape and incest. I do believe, however, that on a federal level the government should take a more libertarian approach to social issues. This is why I choose the term “conservatarian.”
@saramarietweets I’m fiscally conservative, socially kinda libertarian. I’m written off all the time. My opinions are valid, my vote matters
— Heather (@Violina23) January 26, 2013
If these same people who believe President Obama is Muslim (which I do not) allowed his supposed religious beliefs to be implemented on a federal level, what then? At a state level, however, we can better control the legislation and the representatives are closer to the people. I am a conservative, despite the attacks that occurred on Twitter yesterday. Since college, my life has been dedicated to the conservative cause, and I am not about to allow a few divisive people on Twitter to undermine that or take it away from me.
Unfortunately, all of this led to what I thought it would — the left seeing this as an opportunity to further divide and conquer us. Just look at what my official Twitter stalker and timeline troll, Tim Simms, wrote (warning: read with the understanding that most of what Simms says about me is false and twisted, just as some conservatives did on Twitter yesterday):
— Tim Peacock (@timsimms) January 26, 2013
I even chose to comment on Simms’ post, and I have a screen shot that I’ll share if it’s removed or edited.
So you see, the divisiveness that was coming from my Twitter timeline yesterday — from others on Twitter accusing me of being “pro-choice” and “not conservative,” and the few who accused me of being a “baby killer” or “murderer,” served only to allow the left to sneak in through a flung open door. This is why we lose elections — the left will circle the wagons around anyone questioned, while conservatives choose to eat their own. And in this case, it’s one who is a true conservative who fights for the cause on a daily basis in her work and in her spare time.
The tweets became hateful pretty quickly, and I’m not the only one who felt that way:
— Alex Soti (@Ajsoti) January 25, 2013
@saramarietweets The people that regularly follow you understand your position or should!
— Daniel K Stecich (@DanielKStecich) January 25, 2013
Yea, that’s what I thought. But they didn’t. Maybe in 140 characters I simply couldn’t explain well enough. But, in 140 characters, those on the other side of the conversation certainly were able to lash out quite well.
My positions on the issues
Since people tweeted yesterday labeling me as a “pro-choice,” “faux conservative” who wants to “weaken the GOP” (if you know me, you’re laughing now), let me explain what my position is on abortion and life issues:
- I support life. I am pro-life. I am Catholic and believe that God is the Creator of all things.
- I believe, as the Catholic Church believes, that Plan B can be part of a rape kit. I also believe that this can be used for rape and incest cases, specifically, and that we should not judge a raped woman who may make a choice within the first term of her pregnancy that came from rape. That is between her and God. This may be where some disagree with me.
- I support encouraging adoption in all cases of an unwanted pregnancy, rather than abortion. I believe this is the best alternative.
- I support the GOP platform that federal tax dollars should not be used in funding abortions.
- I believe that Planned Parenthood, in receiving federal dollars and performing abortions, should not be federally funded. They can claim all they want that the money is not used for abortion, but since they will not allow a full auditing of their books there is no way to prove this.
- I do not support abortion as a method of birth control, at any stage in the pregnancy.
- I believe that if the life of the mother is truly at stake (as in, she will die – not just a headache), then the mother should have a choice of how to handle the matter. I believe it is wrong to tell her that she must carry the baby full term in that instance. What if she has other children already? Are they to grow up without a mother? Is another solution possible so that the baby survives too, such as an artificial womb?
- I support the Heartbeat Bills that are being introduced in state legislatures throughout the nation. When there is a heartbeat and you can see the form of a life, how can someone say that is not a human being?
Interestingly, my state’s pro-life group, Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) did not support the Heartbeat Bill. My husband was a co-sponsor on the legislation. They did not support the bill because they were concerned that it was too extreme and would not stand up in the SCOTUS. Did I attack ORTL for not supporting the bill? Of course not. We all have the same goal of eliminating abortions altogether, and I will continue to support ORTL because we agree on the ultimate result.
On another note, if you are so militantly pro-life that you believe I am pro-choice, how can you support the death penalty? I was told in tweets yesterday that I either support life or I don’t, yet those same people support the death penalty. This is another conversation for another day, but it is a consistency that we all need to consider. If we are inconsistent in our beliefs, it weakens our positions on the issues.
How to move forward
Yesterday’s occurrence on Twitter should be a wake-up call to conservatives who really want to have an impact rather than just griping and yelling about policies. If you agree with someone on 99.5% of the issue, why in the world would you attack them? Instead, find the common ground, and move forward. The goal is eliminating abortions, so let’s work together to do that. Calling me names and labeling me in false ways serves only to further divide and conquer the conservative movement, which is exactly what the liberals want to do.
It will be interesting to see whether those involved in yesterday’s conversation respond to this in a negative or accusatory manner. That would only lead to more divisiveness, and further prove my point.
@saramarietweets Excessive negative reaction only reveals you are doing the right thing, keep the fight going! We need it…
— Brian Rosen (@landloyaltyro) January 26, 2013
@saramarietweets You must be doing it right if u are being attacked!…jus sayin
— G M Roberts (@jerryrscuba) January 26, 2013
If there is one thing we can learn from the Democrats — circle the wagons. If you disagree with a someone on a splinter of an issue, discuss it professionally, and then find the common ground where you can work together. The Tea Party and establishment Republicans in Congress would be wise to heed this advice, as well, so that we can actually get some things done for this country that could help to advance our goals. I am not saying that we compromise on our values, which is how I know some will twist this plea. Instead, I am saying that we must find the issues and parts of issues on which we agree, and advance those together as Republicans (if you are pro-life, the Republican party is your only chance).
— steven monroe (@StinkyMalloy01) January 26, 2013
And I don’t even think we need to set aside faith issues — but I understand the point. This is where the “conservatarian” part comes in. Allow the states to deal with these issues.
— Lee Dodson (@skshtgr11) January 26, 2013
@saramarietweets I have followed and understood your points, and am glad for your realism. As for the intolerance of the others, well…
— steven monroe (@StinkyMalloy01) January 26, 2013
— Amber Girl (@AmberGirl3) January 26, 2013
Amen to that.
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- New Mexico Bill Would Imprison Rape Victims Who Receive Abortions (thinkprogress.org)
- Wait, Did I Say That?? ‘Horrified’ Rep. Cathrynn Brown Now Backtracks On ‘Rape-Baby Is Evidence’ Bill (addictinginfo.org)
- UPDATE: Carlsbad legislator say she will file substitute bill for one criminalizing abortion in rape cases (KOB.com)
- A Special Note From the Editor, Sara Marie Brenner: Tragedy In Connecticut (thebrennerbrief.com)
- Ohio State Rep. says conservative is mentally ill, shouldn’t own gun (thebrennerbrief.com)