Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Speechless

"It is shameful that Christians would rally around the physical needs of the poor and ignore the deaths of untold millions of babies."

Got that? Ministering to the poor, providing safe and affordable prenatal care to all women, and making sure women can feed their babies once they are no longer inside their bodies is not as important as making sure that every fertilized embryo remains within the uterus in which it has implanted.

I have a lot of mixed feelings on the issue of abortion. Yes, I used to volunteer my time phone banking for NARAL and escorted women through Operation Rescue crazies attempting to blockade clinics. However, there are some people I love who are the result of accidental pregnancies and my life has been positively changed by their mothers' choice to have their babies. The operative word in my last sentence was CHOICE. I have been pregnant, by choice. It has always seemed to me that in spite of all the concern for the unborn, the anti-choice movement is, at heart, more interested in punishing women for being sexually active. The above press release confirms all my suspicions that a mean spirited lack of concern for the living actually drives the so-called pro-life movement.

I once read an article which listed the circumstances in which most people would consider it necessary to have abortion available. Those reasons are:

1. Rape or incest
2. Harm to mother
3. Me

Because, as this article detailing the experiences of abortion providers illustrates, the procedure is only wrong when other people need one. When it is your body, your future, your reputation at stake, it is an entirely different story.

If Jesus were to return today, would any of these people who claim to follow him even let him in the doors of their houses of worship? Because, apparently, ministering to the poor is shameful. I can only imagine what they think re: touching lepers.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous thordora said...

While I have wavered on my personal feelings towards abortion, it will never affect my belief in choice.

If access to contraception was better, if there was a clearer dialogue about sexuality, I feel that abortion WOULD be rare, as we all want it to be.

Too bad the other side can't see the forest for the trees.

8:08 AM, June 12, 2007  
Anonymous kim said...

I agree,once the baby is born no one cares about the child anymore. I have no idea what I would personally do if I had to make that decision, but believe strongly that abortion must me an option.

8:12 AM, June 21, 2007  

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