Saturday, October 18, 2008

Something I Don't Understand

A recent quote by Barack Obama, stating "The first thing I'd do as president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act" which would wipe out all state and federal abortion restriction including the partial-birth abortion ban has got me thinking about something that's bothered me for a very long time.  Let me start off by saying that I will attempt to understand the issue soberly but I admit that it is an emotional issue especially for me so...

First, I want to pose a purely hypothetical question: If I got married and found out that I was pregnant (I start off with marriage because I don't plan on getting pregnant outside of wedlock) and either miscarried or somehow otherwise lost my baby, would anyone dare tell me that it wasn't my child that had died?  I certainly would hope not.  It would be cruel and just plain wrong.  So my major question is, if you wouldn't tell me that I'd lost my baby early on during pregnancy then how can you turn around and say that it's not manslaughter to abort a child only because it's the mother's choice?  

If you would tell me that I hadn't lost my baby and just a fetus then I'd have to wonder how much you actually care about women.  People will tell you that it is about a woman's choice with what to do with her body, but what is more important?  Our choice?  Or the life of another?  I could then say, 'Well, it was my choice to drown my three month old daughter'.  I know you'll say that she was no longer part of my body but I honestly do not see or understand the difference.  

On the issue of rape, my biggest question would be do you really think that killing the child will help you recover from such a tragic event?  Moreover, having that baby is fostering life where the rapist was trying to destroy it.  And even if you can't handle keeping the child there are so many women who can't have children.  I know the adoption system isn't the greatest in the world, but in my opinion it would be far better to give that baby a chance to live, give a woman who can't have a baby the opportunity to love the child...

All this to say I will not be voting for Obama next month, but more importantly, I will be praying that the church will reach out to hurting women in the community, those stuck in bad situation and even those suffering from depression after aborting their child.  I encourage those of you who are Christians to reach out to your friends and family into your community, let people know that there is a better way, that we will love on them and not judge them for the things they have done because God calls us not to judge and to remember what we've been forgiven for!  And I encourage everyone to pray for our hurting nation, in this issue and all the economic issues there are.  In the end, I will pray for whoever becomes president and I encourage you to do the same.

2 comments:

Kiki said...

This is such an emotional issue! I'm very sad about that quote from Obama and hope he doesn't get to bring that to task. I think you are totally on point with the argument about women who miscarry. There's also that double standard that if a pregnant woman is murdered, the accused can be charged with double murder, as in the Scott Peterson case. It's hard that we have this whole disconnect with when life begins, depending on the situation. On the good news side of thing, I don't know if you saw my post mentioning Young Lives, but Young Life has started a ministry to teen moms that I'm super excited about!

Courtney said...

I did see that! That is so cool. It's always encouraging to see the church reach out that way!