April 25, 2008

The "It's My Body" Argument

When someone is engaged in an activity that our society might deem inappropriate or illegal, many say, "I can do what I want as long as I'm not hurting anyone else." I have never heard the "I'm not hurting anyone else" phrase associated with the "it's my body" argument for abortion. Usually the statement is "It's my body, so I can have an abortion if I want to." Their argument stops there.

April 13, 2008

Abortion, Church And The Bible

I have attended evangelical churches who taught strictly from the Bible, churches whose pastors discussed societal and familial issues, and traditional denominational churches. Coincidentally, this covers 35 years, which is the same time that Roe v. Wade has been in effect. I have never heard one sermon or teaching on the atrocity of abortion. During that time, the pastors have mentioned a couple of times about the need for a "culture of life," and that was about it. Maybe I didn't attend the right church on the right Sunday, but I have a strong suspicion that most churches avoid the issue, just as our society does. I suppose they feel this is such a controversial subject that they don't want to upset the masses and have parishioners leave the church.

Maybe they are thinking that since abortion isn't specifically mentioned in the Bible then they don't need to discuss it. The word "abortion" isn't used, but, of course, the Bible is clear on its opposition to murder. Also, The Bible doesn't mention car bombs, shootings and the like, but they are all covered in the condemnation of murder in the Ten Commandments. Possibly, pastors may agree with many in our society that the unborn is not a person yet. There are instances in the Bible where the unborn is mentioned as a child. In Genesis 25-22, speaking of Rebekah, it says, "But the children struggled together within her." In Jeremiah 1-5 God said about Jeremiah, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. " The Bible says in Luke 1-41, "And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb." Thus abortion is the killing one of God's creations and consequently is an affront to God.

Another reason for this inaction on the abortion issue is that the churches may think that this is a political matter that has been already decided in the courts and the legislatures. On the contrary, I have heard many people say when the pro-life view is espoused that it's just the Christians trying to force their pro-life beliefs on everyone.

The Catholic Church may be the exception. In general, they are strong defenders of the unborn and at times are very vocal about it. Since I am not Catholic, I don't know how often it's discussed during mass. One interesting aspect is that in my state of New Mexico, the majority of Catholics are Democrats, and they vote for candidates who are strong proponents of abortion.

Shouldn't churches be leading the charge against such a horrendous act that kills 3,500 people a day in this country? Maybe Americans feel that if the churches don't find abortion immoral enough to lead an aggressive fight against it, then why should they. Possibly, pastors don't want to broach the subject because there might be members of the congregation who have had an abortion. I think one can balance their opposition to abortion along with compassion to someone who has had one.

April 8, 2008

The Albuquerque Journal

From the Albuquerque Journal, Tuesday, April 8, Speak Up! section:

The media are all over the fact of 4,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq. It's very interesting that we kill nearly the same number every day in this country in the name of abortion, but it is never mentioned. - M.R.H.

Those initials look familiar.

April 6, 2008

The Political Response

Have you ever heard a politician respond to the abortion issue? There are a few who are strictly pro-abortion or pro-life, but most fall in a category that attempts to please both sides. When faced with this issue they will usually say, "Personally, I'm opposed to abortion, but if a woman wants to have one that's her decision." Often they will respond with, "I think abortion should be rare, but I can't stop a woman from having one. It's her choice." This type of logic is also shared by quite a few Americans. When they take both sides of the argument it seems that their real purpose is to avoid the issue completely because they don't have to passionately debate either side.

April 5, 2008

The Long-Term Effects Of Abortion - Where Is The Media's Outrage?

Recently, there have been a few very revealing studies about the effects of abortion on women and men. Of course, if one's source of news is the mainstream media, it's doubtful they have heard about them.

A nationwide study by the Elliott Institute questioned a total of 626 respondents, and 84% of those believed that the negative emotional reactions to those involved in having an abortion are moderate to very severe. Even 60 percent of those who identified themselves as very pro-choice said they think emotional pain is common. Of those 47 respondents who said they've had an abortion, 76.6 percent reported a negative emotional reaction. Of the 25 males who said they were involved in an abortion, 60% also experienced negative emotional consequences. Reference: Emotional pain follows abortion, October 30, 2008, WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily also reports:
In a two-year study cited on The Reclaiming Fatherhood website, (www.menandabortion.com), 142 men responded to an online survey about their personal abortion experiences. Forty-five percent said their partner chose to abort against their wishes. Sixty-six percent indicated their relationships failed after the abortion. When asked about incidents of post-abortion problems, 128 male respondents reported grief, sadness and persistent thoughts about the baby. More than 100 cited feelings of helplessness, relationship problems, anger, guilt, isolation, difficulty concentrating and anxiety. Reference: Post-abortion grief very real, experts say. September 11, 2008. By Chelsea Schilling, WorldNetDaily

April 2, 2008

The Middle Ground Approach

Recently I saw a video on Youtube where Bill Clinton was speaking with a crowd, and two onlookers held up signs that said, "Pro Life" and "Abortion Kills Children." Immediately Clinton verbally attacked the two, stating basically that if they were really pro-life, they would want to put women and their doctors in prison. He never addressed the message of "Abortion Kills Children" but instead attacked the pro-lifers holding the signs. This whole scenario lasted about a minute-and-a half, and nothing really was accomplished.