11/7/08

ON ABORTION

"You created my inmost being; you knit
me together in my mother's womb. ... I
am fearfully and wonderfully made."
(Psalm 139:13-14a)

Just prior to the elections, I posted a link to an article on my blog, and I also posted it on the agent bulletin board of my virtual job. It led to an interesting debate on abortion.

I had called my bulletin board post FOOD FOR THOUGHT, and many thoughts were posted that ranged all the way from:

"As to abortion...you have the right to NOT get pregnant...but the baby has no rights at all. I wish some of you could actually watch a full term baby being killed. This is a living human being. It feels pain, has a heart beat and a soul. Just cause it hasn't breathed it's first breath outside the womb does not make it nothing,"

to the thoughts expressed by a pastor's wife who asked her husband,

"If our beautiful daughter was raped by a serial killer, would you advise her to carry the baby or get an abortion? if she got an abortion would God forgive her or doom her to hell?. . . everything changes when the light shines on you personally. . . just a little food for thought."

Well, I do acknowledge that rape or incest is a horrendous thing, and that yes, God does forgive us for any and all sins we truly repent of and ask for forgiveness for, and that by His grace "the light has not shined on me personally," but I still have a question. What does all that have to do with the unborn child?

It's not the baby's fault. He or she is an innocent who had no say in the matter. So how does the terrible circumstance of the conception make the murder right? I've never been able to figure that one out.

2 comments:

girl with a flower tattoo said...

the real root of the problem is that people have no understanding and therefore are incapable of understanding the sacredness of sex. if we cannot even love the one before us appropriately, how then are we able to love an unborn?

why would we want to bring an unwanted person to exist in this utterly despairing planet? there are so many children left starving, uncared for, unloved, UNWANTED and how is that fair to them?

i firmly believe no human being possesses the right to deem one life more valuable than another. killing is killing.

however, i also understand we live in a very messed up world where there are severe consequences for our heavy mistakes. while i do not believe there is such a thing as "just war" i understand that in our limited ways, it is how we have chosen to address our issues. likewise, i believe it is morally wrong to kill the unborn. however, which is worse - sparing a life the horrors of this world - the pain of knowing you were a mistake and not loved, sparing the life a painful death that could possibly take place shortly after entering this world or allowing it to be born mentally ill, addicted to heroine, left on the side of the road, passed through various homes -some loving, others not so much?

i completely understand the stance of pro-life activists. and once shared in that view point. for God is in control. all life is sacred to him.

but i changed my stance when i saw that unwanted child standing cold and alone, scared and fully aware that no one wanted her. those are wounds no child should ever have to endure.

we avoid responsibility. we run from reality. we hide from our mistakes. but God sees all.

this society needs to stand still for a moment and reflect on it's current moral (amoral) state. we lack respect for one another which hinders our ability to love. i'm not so sure the majority of us even know what love really is.

girl with a flower tattoo said...

...my point is that we can fight for a cause until we're blue in the face, but until we address the root of the problem, we're merely wasting our breath speaking incoherent babel to the deaf.