I posted this in 2009, back when I still considered myself a Christian. My views on this subject are pretty much the same now.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5.
I am pro-life. Of course I am, everyone is pro-life. Who do you know who is pro-death? Specifically, I am pro-life because I do not know when human life begins. I know it does not begin at the moment of conception, because I believe in God. Why would God start all those lives at conception, then flush the majority of them? Most fertilized eggs do not implant in the uterus, pass on through and die. But it is also clear that life does not begin at birth, because babies who are born prematurely often thrive. So since it is a process that takes place over a period of time during pregnancy, we ought to err on the side of caution, and not abort late-term. What “late” means in this context is a matter for debate.
On the other hand, I do not think we should try to legislate abortions out of existence. Trying to deal with abortions by making them illegal has been tried, and it didn’t work. That’s why I don’t want Roe vs Wade to be overturned. I suppose that makes me pro-choice. So be it. I think the best way to deal with the problem is to provide support for pregnant girls and women and encourage things like easier adoptions. When pro-life people focus on providing such services, it can be very good. When they focus on trying to disrupt abortions, there are a lot of negative results.
The radicals in the pro-life movement don’t represent the majority of Americans, and neither do the radical pro-choice people. How about if we work together to prevent unwanted and untimely pregnancies, and provide the aforementioned support services? The only problem I see with that approach is that we would have less to argue about.
By the way, don’t even get me started on birth control. Birth control is a good thing, deal with it!
OK, if anyone wants me to, I will discuss the issue of birth control and the Catholic position on that at a later date.
I think conservative politicians use the pro-life issue to get votes and then don’t do anything about it. Since the law is unlikely to change, they know they can make a lot of noise about abortion without having to face any consequences.
Go to the Jackson Women’s Health Organization for information on the ongoing fight to keep their clinic open, the only one left in Mississippi.