I recently had a discussion about abortion. The opposing party went through the pro-choice routine. Woman’s health, some parents can’t care for kids, what about rape, bodily autonomy. My response?
Cool, cool. . . But those things don’t justify killing a baby.
I went on to explain a conundrum with the pro-choice/pro-life discussion.
Practice vs Principle.
In practice, I suppose I understand why people are in favor of abortion. There are “benefits,” one could say, to abortion. They say, “pregnancy is dangerous – it shouldn’t be forced on a woman.” (Then don’t engage in activity that would result in pregnancy – this however, is the scum of pro-life arguments, based upon unhinged religiosity . . . they say). “But rape – you can’t force that child on a woman.” – “If the mothers health is in danger, it would be tyrannical to force her to bare that child.”
These arguments are just fine, and not easily refuted – if we are discussing practice. But we’re not.
Let me say something rash: the world doesn’t revolve around anyone. No one. It revolves around nonhuman things. For a reason.
Indeed, if decisions were only based on practice, then slavery was fine. And there was nothing wrong with the word’s genocides. If the shoes fits, one might say.
Practice says, “If it’s good for me and my select people group, then I’m going to do it – don’t judge me.”
Principle says, “Wrong is wrong – do the right thing, whether it benefits you or not.”
Slavery didn’t end because the founding fathers had a eureka about slaves being bad for American society. The educated analyst will affirm, free labor doesn’t hurt business returns. But slavery had to end, because it was wrong. Wrong in principle.
Abortion is eerily similar to slavery. One people group affirming their superiority to another. Us first, unborn second. It doesn’t matter to abortion advocates that the humanness of the unborn has been proven. Doesn’t matter to them that killing another’s life is wrong. Doesn’t matter to them that they contradict themselves with their very name: pro-choice. What about the baby’s choice? Woman’s rights. What about the unborn women?
Abortion must end. And not because it’s bad for society, or woman’s health, or population-growth-forecasts, but because killing babies is bad.
I pray God would give people a hunger for truth. That God would give people a desire to do what is good – not just what’s “good” for them.