VIII Isn’t There Something More Certain Than How I feel About Something Today?
a) Some mothers regret having had an abortion, feeling embarrassment, regret, shame, sadness, despair and guilt when they realize that they allowed the innocent child living in their womb to be killed. Believing that abortion solves all problems, and that they are protecting mothers by providing abortion, abortion advocates are not aware–or are unconcerned–that for some mothers abortion causes great spiritual, emotional and physical harm. These mothers feel frail, wounded, vulnerable and despondent. In their hearts they wanted to have other options in addition to abortion. They wanted someone to offer them hope for their child when they were considering abortion. They keep their abortion a secret because abortion is very sinful and they fear being judged derelict. They believe God will not forgive them.
b) Some mothers do not regret having had (an) abortion(s).
1) Society promotes elective abortion to control population growth, to eliminate future criminals, and to ensure a women’s freedom to pursue other interests unencumbered by a dependent child.
2) Society is over sexualized to the extent that women are no longer recognized as child bearers and nurturers. Pornography dehumanizes the human being so that violence against the human person becomes commonplace. Society claims that any guilt experienced by an abortive woman is due only to a patriarchy needlessly making her feel guilty.
Legislators and their constituents are at times blind to reality.
- Because the health of the state requires a sufficient pool of educated, dedicated and conscientious citizens, it is reasonable and necessary that the state secure the health and wellbeing of its future citizens in, and from, the womb. The state has the responsibility to provide for the common good of its citizens. The question to answer is which action most strengthens the common good, either supporting unlimited access to abortion or supporting adequate financial and emotional care for pregnant mothers or assisting families to provide a healthy learning and growing environment for their children. I see that providing unlimited access to abortion undermines the latter two. What do I see happening when abortion is frequent and celebrated? I see a demoralized society, a weakened society, a violent society, a dying society.
- A diminished birth rate spells extinction for a society. The nature of the living is to ensure the future for its successors; even flies dodge the swatter to survive. A species (e.g., human) is designed to continue living by its instinctual behavior. A choice to destroy one’s own offspring brings disharmony to the parent choosing to kill. Can we agree that survival is a good and extinction is an evil? Religion offers hope for life after death even for the individual, regardless of having offspring.
- These observations are not intended to burden or condemn women who find themselves in a difficult pregnancy. Compassionate help for them is the guiding principle but the truth of the situation must be stated that human life in the womb is being destroyed daily and must be recognized as a serious evil and a tragedy.
V Reality is not always pleasant, and living a meaningful productive life requires sacrifice.
a) When securing women’s health care is celebrated in the public discourse, why does that discourse not include the term abortion? Is this omission due to a reluctance in the culture to admit that aborted children are stored in specimen jars or sold to research labs or thrown in dumpsters? Some people believe that killing an unborn child is a lesser moral evil than obligating a pregnant woman to make whatever sacrifice necessary to bring her child to birth. Are these people unaware, or don’t want to admit, that the unborn child experiences pain when being aborted? Do people, who oppose requiring informed consent of the pregnant mother, oppose the mother’s viewing ultrasound of her unborn child to spare her the anxiety of confronting the reality of abortion?
b) Considering that pregnant mothers contemplating abortion face real physical, emotional and moral challenges, our giving them gifts of time, attention, support and hope is the most effective way for them to experience their dignity and for us to encourage them to give their children a loving welcome into the world. Offering these gifts contradicts her suspicion she is inferior to men and that she is being victimized by an unjust culture.
IV Let your voice be heard
- You can be the voice for the unborn. For example, when you as a pro-life individual complete a survey that accurately reflects your thoughts, or when you write a letter to your legislator, your effort combined with the efforts of other pro-life persons will counter the pro-choice claim that the majority of Americans are pro-choice.
- Because you are willing to be visibly pro-life, your legislator then cannot claim that pro-abortion laws are the will of the majority of Americans.
- When you hand out literature explaining the pro-life position on the value of life in the womb and when you offer financial or emotional support to a pregnant woman, you are countering the falsehood that a pregnant woman has no other option but to abort.
III There are many moral issues that I am challenged to consider.
- Is condemning abortion more important than choosing these: eliminating the death penalty, providing affordable daycare, legal and welcoming immigration policies, expanding the WIC program, providing education, training and health care for the poor, empowering the disadvantaged?
- Aren’t these goods morally equivalent to defending the life of the unborn? (Because the destruction of innocent human life by abortion contradicts all efforts to empower the disadvantaged, or to help the needy; eliminating abortion takes priority over these other goods.)
- Isn’t helping needy, mature human beings critical to preserving a society? (What human being is more powerless, needier, and more vulnerable than the unborn child? To save the unborn child from abortion is a greater physical good for a society than all social programs and thus of the highest moral imperative.)