Be forewarned that if you read the rest of this you will find it to match my blog title, “not politically correct”.
Here is a comment I made in response to Pastor Steve’s Blog.
As the others have said, thank you for standing up on this issue. I know people who had abortions in their past, and they, because of forgiveness, do not feel condemned when others talk about it being wrong. I also know of people who had abortions in their past and are now very active in preventing other women from making the same mistake. There is a website/group dedicated to this, although I cannot remember their name off the top of my head, and could not find them in limited searching. It is important for people – those that may want to keep abortion “for cases of rape or incest” (even though I still think that is wrong) – that less than 5% of abortions are for this reason, the other 95% are essentially birth control.
There is a lot more I can say about this issue, and I’m going to say it here. I did not want to take up that much of his blog page with this, and besides that, it is his blog, not the place for me to make my statements and I do not want to adversely affect people’s view of Pastor Steve through what I have to say. His blog post stands alone as his thoughts on the issue, and this stands alone as my thoughts.
Many people see this issue as pro – choice v. anti – choice, or pro – life v. anti – life. I will comment on this from both sides. In regards to “choice”, many people contend that it is a “woman’s choice what she does with her own body.” I completely agree, what a woman does with her own body is totally up to her. If a woman chooses whether or not to use her body for sexual acts, inside or outside of marriage, that is her choice, and she has the right to choose either side. However once a woman becomes pregnant, she is now responsible for two lives, not just her own. Even though a growing fetus is inside a woman’s body, it is a separate person. It is my personal opinion that if a woman makes the choice to abort a child, she has infringed upon that child’s rights to make any choices in their own life. This is exactly the same as when a person makes the choice to kill another person in a robbery, they have infringed upon that persons right to make any further choices in their life. Freedom of choice is an integral part of this country, and what makes it great, but most of laws are based on the fact that we have to limit certain potential choices by individuals because they infringe on the rights of other individuals. Murder, theft, slavery, Jim Crowe laws, trespassing, all of these things are potential choices people could make that would infringe upon the rights of others, that have been deemed unlawful. Abortion should be no different.
In regards to “life” a lot of pro – life people will say that being “pro – choice” on abortion is really “anti – life”. I agree, because most groups and organizations that are “pro – choice” are organizations that in order to promote their own agenda of allowing people to have abortions, will demonize and down play “pro – life” options like adoption. If you look at Planned Parenthood (PP), they are a “pro – choice” organization, yet they do not offer to properly inform women of the risks involved with abortion, or other options (choices) they may have such as adoption. When a woman walks into PP and says, “I would like an abortion,” they say “Ok, that will be X number of dollars.” PP was created by Margaret Sanger, a Socialist that believed in Eugenics*. One of her goals was to shrink the black population in America, black women are more than three times more likely to have an abortion than white women, though white women make up 60% of abortions. (abortionno.org warning this site contains graphic images, though not on the linked page)
When a woman chooses to have an abortion it is more often than not based on her own selfish goals and desires. Many women choose to have an abortion because it is not convenient for them to have a child at that time, because it may interfere with their career, college, or lifestyle. They may also choose to have an abortion because they (the woman) “made a mistake”. To which I say, you made the choice to be sexually active, there are consequences to your actions, now live with them. If I make the choice to have sex with my wife, and she ends up pregnant, I then have the consequence of having to pay to raise that child for at least the next 18 years. If I make the choice to speed on the highway and “make the mistake” of getting caught, I get to pay the consequence of the ticket and insurance increases, or paying a lawyer to get me out of it. Even in cases of rape/incest it is a choice about the woman’s comfort, not what is right or wrong for the child. Women in these cases will argue “Its too painful to carry out this pregnancy, because it reminds me of what happened.” While I understand that this can be a very painful situation, and I also recognize that I will never experience the possibility of becoming pregnant due to rape, it is not anymore right to punish an unborn child for the wrong doings of another person, than it would have been if my mother in-law had gone and stolen someone’s car because hers had just been stolen last week. Just because someone has infringed upon your right to security/safety does not then give you the right to infringe upon someone (the child) not involved in said situation’s right to security/safety.
I know this is a touchy issue for some people, and if I have offended anyone….tough. However, know this, if you have had an abortion, for any reason, I do not intend this to condemn you in anyway. I do believe in forgiveness, and I will not treat anyone differently if they have had an abortion or not, regardless of their current stance on the issue. I know people that have had abortions and now feel that what they did is wrong and have asked God for forgiveness, as well as people who have had abortions and would be perfectly willing to do it again. I hold neither situation against either person(s). If you do feel “condemned” because you have had an abortion, take it up with God, he sent his son to die for your sins, admit that what you did is wrong and ask Him to forgive you and He will make it as though it never happened, you may still feel some guilt, but He can help you to overcome that as well.
* – Dictionary.com – –noun (used with a singular verb)
the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, esp. by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics).