Choosing life? Moral Monday speaker calls out double standard

Leslie Boyd

Yesterday at the Moral Monday rally on Halifax Mall behind the state Legislative Building, one speaker did an especially good job of pointing out the double standard of many “pro-life” politicians. Leslie Boyd, a person familiar to NC Policy Watch readers, explained that when she was advised to have an abortion because her unborn son had a virus, she “chose life” by opting to carry the pregnancy to term. However, when he later acquired an illness that would prove fatal without treatment, the same politicians who encouraged her to “choose life” deprived him of life by denying him the healthcare he needed. Boyd eloquently proclaimed that his blood was on their hands, and that they were, in effect, responsible for his death.

Boyd is right, of course. If politicians are going to demand that women “choose life” before a child is born, the least they can do is assure that after a child is born, s/he receives the necessary healthcare everyone deserves. Otherwise they are advocating a double standard, and at that a very strange one: the unborn life is treated as more worthy of protection than those who are already living in this world. As long as North Carolina politicians seek to prevent the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and to block Medicaid expansion while also shrinking Medicaid, those of insufficient income for necessary health expenses – as many as 2,800 per year according to some estimates – will suffer the loss of life, whether their own or the lives of loved ones.

Michael Dise is currently a seminary student at Wake Forest Divinity and a summer intern for the NC Justice Center. 


  1. Lee

    June 3, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve preached this for years. These same politicians would reduce access to healthcare and other “entitlements” of those in need. People in need are considered burdens to society at worst. If a heinous crime is committed (regardless of the circumstances) they are also apt to advocate for the death penalty. Life is life!

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    June 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    So Mike, are you saying you are toeing the progressive line in favor of killing the unborn? How does that mesh with your theology classes at WFU? Or are you promoting the unworkable progressive view of free healthcare for all? We know that does not work. Looks like you have something to reconcile here.

  3. Alan

    June 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    LSD, your comments are increasingly delusional, and derogatory, but that’s what we’ve come to expect of your ilk. For a start, it’s Michael, not Mike… we both know it wasn’t a typo, have you no decency at all? Your ignorance and arrogance never cease to amaze me, “the progressive line in favor of killing the unborn”, what on earth are you talking about? I’d suggest you refrain from the alcohol before posting hear. “Or are you promoting the unworkable progressive view of free healthcare for all? We know that does not work”, what bat-**** crazy talk is that? The only person having something to reconcile here is yourself.

    How does the death penalty “mesh with your theology”? I think the extremists among us have no issue at all with their blatant hypocrisy, all too eager to wave the flag in our face and ram (their) bible down our throats. Thankfully, you are an ever decreasing “sliver of the population”, and your opinions are meaningless to anyone with more than a middle school education.

  4. ML

    June 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    BOOM! Alan layin the smack down.

    PS free healthcare works in Canada, UK, pretty much every country that’s given it a try aside from the ussr but they failed for other reasons.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    June 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    PURE….T….CRAZY….TALK….at least you remembered to sign out when you trolled with your other persona Alan/ML. Oh and as far as your useless post TLDR.

  6. Alan

    June 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Poor LSD, an ignorant hatemonger with nothing better to do than blog his hatred. Bless his heart….Are you still having issues understanding the concept of reflection?

    Still don’t know what TLDR means.

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    June 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Alan/ML….still haven’t gotten that Google thing yet? Just look it up or just go to urban dictionary, I am tired of having to do all your research for you.

    And can you point out what is “hatred”? I see nothing hateful although I know you progressives do consider anyone questioning your ideals as “hate” so I guess there is that.

    And bless your heart too…I bet you miss trolling me in those months I ignore this wacky blog.

  8. Alan

    June 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I guess the obsession with being 1st to post and last to post on just about every (and any) topic is what Civitas pay you to do. Seriously, you are the BEST advocate for the state GOP, keep up the good work.

    PS. How old is planet earth LSD, maybe you can Google it?

  9. Alan

    June 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Hey, maybe if you can post here again, Papa Smurf will give you that gold star at the end of the week?

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