There are few things more annoying than the smarmy self-righteousness of pro-life men, especially when one of those men has been given a platform to spin his depraved view of reality on the pages of the News and Observer. Which brings us to the sad case of Mr. Rick Martinez.
I'll spare you most of his holier-than-though pontificating about the state of feminism in America - and zero in on one core issue: Mr. Martinez believes abortion should be illegal, pure and simple.
. . . the right to privacy, on which abortion on demand is based, is being transformed into the right not to be inconvenienced by an unwanted child. As each year goes by, the traditional arguments in favor of abortion rights crumble. This leaves advocates in the unenviable position of being more anti-child than pro-woman.
It's tempting to think that Martinez is simply trying to believe provocative, that he doesn't actually believe his own happy horse shit. It's tempting to give him the benefit of the doubt, to assume that he actually hasn't thought through the consequences of his misogyny and paternalism. It's tempting to excuse his writing as misguided but well-intentioned.
But I won't succumb to any of those temptations. I will simply label Rick Martinez the fool that he is.
Rick Martinez is driven by ideology that is blind to reality. Apparently he's never seen a young teenager carrying the "unborn child" of the father who raped her. He's never confronted the depth of poverty where another mouth to feed could mean the difference between food stamps and some semblance of dignity. He's never confronted the hard edge of pro-life insanity that seeks to eliminate both the right to abortion and the right to contraception.
And, of course, Mr. Martinez is a warmonger. He has roundly applauded the Child King's War in Iraq and deemed 100,000 Iraqi lives well worth the cost of freedom and democracy. His "pro-life" position is hypocrisy of the highest order.
Update: My original title (Will someone please rape Rick Martinez?) has been withdrawn. I knew it was extremely provocative and I have taken it down out of respect for people whose opinions I respect. I do not wish for Mr. Martinez to suffer any harm no matter how offensive his viewpoints.