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
This thought has gripped me for the last several days. Here in the midst of one of Christianity’s most holy holiday seasons, this question will not leave my consciousness.
Forget for a moment that the time of year Jesus was born was more likely March or April (shepherds tend their flocks at night during the spring and keep them sheltered inside during the winter months) or the timing and relationship of our celebration of His birth which just happens to coincide with the Winter Solstice and pagan celebrations. If one believes in His birth and resurrection, taken in the context of the right to choose verses the right to life movements, this question resonates.
I found it to be particularly poignant given the Christmas Eve vote on heath care that the Democrats rammed through, despite the fact that most Americans hate the bill and do not want the government to control heath care.
This is a bill that contains exclusions for 13 states, goodies for a host of legislators lacking even a speck of integrity. There was Senator Reid celebrating … joyous at the “gift” we were just handed from a group of whores that calls corruption compromise and that continues to insist that this is way “things are done in Washington”… justification for legislation that is indefensible by any measure.
Lurking out there is abortion funding and how the Congressional sleezoids will try to insert it in the final bill. Progressives & radical Democrats are adamant … support for abortions must be funded with our tax dollars; which brings me back to Mary and her child Jesus.
What if Mary’s choice was to abort her son? After all what could be more inconvenient for a young 14 or 15 year old Jewish girl than becoming pregnant out of wedlock in Jewish society of the 1st century? She could have been stoned to death for this pregnancy … a fate that is still melded out in certain societies in the 21st Century.
Absent rape or incest, if a couple decides to have unprotected sex (which is their choice knowing full well that a baby could be the end result), why should the life that has been created be tossed aside? If one believes that all life is precious, how does one reconcile abortion and the ultimate destruction of new life? Choices, good or bad ones, always have consequences and convenience shouldn’t be the deciding factor … unless your father is Barack Obama.
Obama is on record as saying if his one of his daughters became pregnant he wouldn’t want their “mistake” to follow them the rest of their lives. As an Illinois legislator Obama also had no problem with funding that allowed third trimester abortions!
This is the same mindset that allows life that can be disposed of so easily at the beginning can also be disposed of, if need be, at the end. Just ration or withhold health care for those deemed to have already lived too long!
Aborting a few cells during the first weeks of a pregnancy is one thing. Aborting a life capable of surviving outside the womb during the third trimester is nothing short of murder. Don’t like the word murder? Tough! Is there a prettier word for this barbaric act? Tell me what politically correct word fits?
Yes, but doesn’t every woman have a right to choose what happens to her body? The answer is yes … and no. Might I opine that it has always been that way? Life and death issues are rarely simple … they are usually multi-layered and complex.
Ultimately there are only two kinds of acts in life, those that are selfish and those that are selfless. Mary’s decision to bring her son into this world was selfless. Sarah Palin’s decision to have Trig knowing that he would be a Down’s syndrome baby was selfless, particularly since 90% of these babies are aborted after amino synthesis accurately predicts this condition.
Before any moron goes on a tirade and decides I am comparing Mary and Sarah Palin, don’t bother, I’m not. The point of comparison was selfless acts not the women who chose to behave in this manner. Girls and women who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy and yet choose to carry their babies to full term (sometimes defying the men in their lives who would sooner dispose of the life they helped create) are behaving in a selfless way.
Their choices may include adoption, sacrifice, and for some this means financial struggle … yet they choose the life of the child within over the destruction of a life that might grow and change the world. These are women whose decisions are courageous, that fly in the face of pressures from the outside world that emphasizes that life is cheap, that scream, “You’ll get over it” … move on!
All of which brings us to today and the picture below which I first viewed on Afrocity in August. It is a devastating indictment on those so called Progressives in Congress and elsewhere who preach that every woman has a right to terminate her pregnancy regardless of the consequences or circumstances. If the life within is inconvenient, dispose of it post haste. Rock on and let’s party!
Abortion is the ultimate act of selfness, 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, that 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.
Do I want to return to the time of back room abortions with wire hangers, women dying because of infections brought about by unsanitary conditions or being butchered by an uncaring abortionist? No, of course not, there are times when abortion is the only alternative. Saving the life of a mother has to be of paramount consideration when medical complications arise.
But let’s be clear when we talk about a woman’s right to choose we don’t have to look very far to see where the consequences of this mindset can lead to and the public policies that it can foster. We already suffer other societies that use abortion as a form of population control … where the life of a male baby is valued over the life of a female baby so female babies are destroyed. Need I go further?
In this most holy season let us rejoice in the miracle of the birth of Jesus, let us be thankful that this young Jewish girl, Mary, had the strength, grace, and selfless courage to trust that her son would grow strong and ultimately change the world. Let us pray that more women in this country choose the life of the unborn inside them over desecration & despair.