As I watch the firestorm on Facebook and other social media over the overturning of Roe vs Wade, I can’t help but think, “Wait! There is so much more to this discussion than just ‘My body, my choice!'”.
But it’s a very tough topic to discuss because most people have very strong and emotionally-charged opinions on the subject. I am not trying to change anyone’s mind. I simply want people to understand that it’s not as black and white as you might think. My pro-life friends might be upset with some of my thoughts, as well as my pro-choice friends. I guess by the end of this you might say that I am ‘pro-choice’, but only as far as the statement that the choice should not be left up to the state. I am against abortion, but I don’t think making laws about it is wise. Here are my reasons. I do not trust the state.
Key point: I am against abortion. I am for bodily autonomy. This is not a feminist issue, it’s a freedom issue. I believe that we must be careful about making laws about other people’s bodies without considering certain important details.
Not everyone in America believes in God. Using religious arguments to make abortion illegal is dangerous in a country that was built on personal responsibility. We must protect religious freedom.
The church can do a lot more to help protect girls from GETTING pregnant in the first place.
If we give the government the right to DENY abortion, we also give them the right to REQUIRE abortion. Think about that one.
We live in an age where global health laws are being pushed. These people also believe that there are too many people in the world. Think about the possible consequences of these types of laws.
Interestingly, abortion rates have been trending downward as access to birth control improves. This makes me think this whole thing is mostly being used to make the left angry during an election year.
Most of the people I see on Facebook so upset over this new ruling don’t necessarily plan to have an abortion. They haven’t thought much about the causes of unwanted pregnancies and are simply repeating the left’s talking points. Many of them are older women and others are college girls who are already using birth control. They sometimes claim to be fighting to protect poor women who can’t afford a baby, but many are actually fighting for women’s right to sexual freedom, which is very handy for the men who also want women to have that right.
There are so many thoughts in my head about this. I can’t get them lined up orderly, so here’s a list.
- Roe V Wade was a bad law and should be overturned. The young woman, Norman McCorvey, who was used as a tool of politics in that legal case actually gave birth to her baby and she is against abortion.
- High school and college aged girls get the most abortions. What can we do to PREVENT these pregnancies and why are there so many? Who are these girls and who is getting them pregnant? Are they being raped, sold into prostitution, incest cases, unable to get birth control, uneducated on how their bodies work, under control of extremist religious groups such as the FLDS?
- Who benefits most from eliminating unwanted pregnancies? Mostly men who are let off the hook for child support and marriage.
- Who benefits financially from abortion? Clinics, doctors, sellers of body parts to research and other evil uses.
- Should the government control access to abortion? What about other bodily procedures? Vaccines, prescription drugs (Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, pain medicine).
- Do we really want to give anyone (besides ourselves and God) that much power over our lives?
- Why is this law being overturned now? Is this just political maneuvering? Do they actually want to help babies and pregnant women? What will be the consequences of this law? Hopefully it will encourage women to find ways not to get pregnant.
- If 22 states outlaw all abortions, will they improve sex and health education and increase access to real birth control?
- WHY are birth control pills only available by prescription?! Make them an over the counter medicine if you want to prevent the need for abortions.
- Abortion is neither birth control nor reproductive health care. It is a way to solve a problem created by not having or using birth control or women’s health care.
- IUDs and Depo and the pill are highly effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly, but a condom is even more effective and abstinence works 100% of the time .
- Many young girls do not know they can get pregnant the first time they have sex.
- Teenagers have raging hormones. They need to be given information about morals as well as be told very clearly what happens, BEFORE they are sexually active.
- Boys need information, too! Especially boys. Teach them to treat women with respect!
- Despite the media depiction of ‘proud abortion activists’, most women I know who have had abortions feel deep regret, shame, and sadness over it. Many were young and were pressured by parents to do it. A few were older and their situation made them think that having a baby was simply not an option. They did what they thought was necessary at the time. They aren’t proud. They got it done as early as they could.
- Late term abortions should be illegal. No living baby should be chopped up and removed piece by piece. “Doctors” that do this should be arrested.
- Once there’s a detectable heartbeat, the mother should be assisted in every possible way to be supported through the rest of the pregnancy. We need to make it so that no late term abortions are needed or wanted. That means making sure that the mother gets an ultrasound and understands her baby is alive and feels pain and what will be done to kill it.
- But making up the rules for when a woman can get an abortion is not the point of this article. My point is we can make the need for abortions a very rare thing.
- We do not live in a Christian nation. There is no such thing. Either you ARE a Christian or you aren’t. If you are, then live accordingly! Don’t make immoral choices and don’t have an abortion.
- In the end, abortion is a sin. God offers forgiveness of sins to those who repent and ask for salvation.
- Those who don’t fear God will be judged on ALL of their sins. Those who have been forgiven, are forgiven of ALL of their sins, even abortion. But the Bible says, don’t keep on sinning just because you are forgiven!
Lastly, remember the book series I wrote about, Unwind? In this story, abortion is outlawed and many bad things result from the new law. It’s just fiction, but it’s good to think about possible consequences. And of course, The Handmaid’s Tale is already being posted on Facebook as a possible result of this overturning. I don’t see that happening, but the general acceptance of the government making laws about our private lives is not a good thing.
Legislating thoughts, morals, and beliefs is not the role of government. Democrats and Republicans both claim to want to protect freedom and ‘democracy’. But which freedom and what do they mean by democracy? Both seem much too willing to make laws to control behavior rather than let people actually have freedom to live according to their consciences.
In summary, I don’t trust the government or the Supreme Court or state lawmakers with this issue. States must preserve freedom of religion. Churches, parents, schools, and individuals need to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. Teach children right from wrong! Adults must model the right behavior. Girls and boys need information and access to birth control. Women need to take responsibility for their choices. Men need to do the right thing towards women by not raping, abusing, or getting them pregnant outside of marriage. What about the murder of the unborn? It is a result of the neglect of all of the above.
Finally, never forget that God offers forgiveness through his son Jesus Christ for the sin of abortion. Jesus loves you and He can help you with your unplanned pregnancy and all of your problems no matter what mess you have gotten yourself into or if you are the victim of someone else’s sin. Call a pregnancy center near you if you are in trouble. There is hope!
See the links below to get help if you are pregnant in Texas.
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