In the state where I live, Nebraska, this is apparently a policy position loudly and proudly espoused by a pro-life politician who is supported by a pro-life electorate:
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he’s strongly opposed to a bill that would restore prenatal care coverage for illegal immigrants.
The Republican governor said in a statement Tuesday that he objected to the use of taxpayer money for benefits that would go toward illegal immigrants.
Lawmakers are set to begin first-round debate on a measure that would reinstate coverage to the unborn children of mothers who were deemed ineligible for Medicaid. It also would cover women in prison.
With this in mind, I think there must be two problems:
- Our elected officials are morally-bankrupt, opportunistic liars who will say anything in order to capitalize on the stated beliefs of the people;
- Very, very few people are consistently pro-life.
That Governor Heineman wants to take this position in the first place, I think, speaks to #1. This policy saves an absolutely tiny amount of money, especially when we consider how much money the same man is perfectly happy to spend on attempts to execute people. This speaks to #2. There is no chance that Governor Heineman actually believes in the pro-life position he espouses … or else he simply doesn’t understand the meaning of words in the English language.
Of course, if Governor Heineman can make statements in opposition to prenatal care without fearing the political consequences in a staunchly pro-life state, this means that people either hate undocumented immigrants more than they care about protecting and nurturing human life, somehow believe that the fetuses are blame-worthy for the crimes committed by their mothers, simply don’t understand what prenatal care means, or just don’t care.
At bottom, this is why people who identify as pro-choice tend to be dismissive of pro-life arguments; they seem only to be trotted out sometimes, not on all issues that are clearly pro-life issues. If pro-life advocates don’t stand for the sanctity of human life when the fetuses are inside undocumented immigrants or once a person has committed a crime, why should we listen seriously to arguments made by these same pro-life advocates when it comes to abortion or contraception?