Abortion is the ultimate act of selfishness, particularly in a civilized society where there are so many other choices open to women besides purposefully snuffing out the life of an unborn. The truth is, many women never “get over it” and regret their decision to take (what seemed at the time) to be the easy way out.
Some are haunted by voices of their unborn. Some are so self-absorbed that they never consider the hideous nature of their decision to choose lifestyle over life… to rid themselves of this “sudden inconvenience” like an old pair of shoes.
Abortion is an emotionally charged topic that I have written about here and elsewhere.
My position about abortion has changed over the years, partly because of our ability to keep a fetus alive outside the womb as early as 22-24 weeks!
Let’s face it we all know someone who has had an abortion whether it’s someone in our immediate family, someone in our group of friends or associates,or someone that is as casual acquaintance.
My college room mate had an abortion. I remember the trauma surrounding her decision just before abortion became legal. I have one friend whose husband demanded she abort their child. She did and she never forgave him or herself. They divorced three years later.
Yet another friend years older than myself was very vocal about having gone through the late in life birth of a Down Syndrome baby… she wasn’t bitter. She was saddened by the multitude of hardships this 5th child placed on the rest of her family. She was also very upfront stating that if she had had a choice she would have had an abortion.
Aborting (what amounts to) a few cells that would fit in a petri dish in the first week or two of a pregnancy is one thing. It is something all together different when we are talking about a late term abortion of a fully formed fetus capable of living outside the womb. How is this not murder?
Let’s look at what we’re talking about before we toss “it” out without a second thought.
So where am I on this issue?
Abortion should be safe and legal, but RARE, but NEVER in the third trimester except in the most extreme circumstances. Instances of rape and incest make this a very difficult choice for the woman or girl involved. As a Catholic, it is difficult for me to condemn a new life because of the sins of a man of no conscious.
With all of that said, sadly it has become all too easy for women to abort their children because it interferes with their life style choices as the stats below demonstrate.
On average, women give at least three reasons for choosing abortion: three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities; about two-thirds say they cannot afford a child; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.
For more statistics read here