Let’s make some waves…
For a number of years we were in the political climate that pushed social issues to the backseat. We had loads of new hybrid ideologies. So called “fiscal conservatives” and “moderates” began to come out of the woodwork. Social issues like immigration and gay marriage were looked over. The important thing was our economy. Well, all that changed recently. Abortion, the Catholic church, and the federal government are all tangled up in a web of confusion.
My take on virtually everything is simplicity. Don’t make issues more complicated than they are. But abortion is an issue that seems to make everything more complicated. It gets people’s emotions going. Women’s “rights” protestors, pro “choice” advocates, and femi-nazis all make a lot of noise over the issue of abortion. To me it’s real simple though. Here’s a way I explain the issue to someone who is undecided.
Imagine for a moment, if you will, that you are married, and that both you and your spouse have decent jobs. You decide the time is right and you want to start a family. You plan everything out, get your budget in order, and read a few parenting books. Your wife is pregnant, and you’re super excited to be a dad. One night while your wife is walking to her car after a late night at work someone pushes her down, and attempts to steal her purse. While she’s on the ground, she attempts to stop him, and he in turn kicks her in the stomach. He actually kicks her so hard that he kills her unborn baby.
Now, what will happen to this man? Does he go to jail for assault and robbery, or assault, robbery AND murder? I imagine most moms would say murder had taken place. Her baby, though unborn, was still a life that he ended. I agree with moms who would take such a position. That man deserves to be charged with murder.
The other end of the spectrum is someone who doesn’t want their baby. This woman is single, still in school, and unemployed. She had a rough week, went out and drank too much, and wound up making a huge mistake. She slept with someone she doesn’t know, and is pregnant. She’s scared, and just wants an abortion so she can move on with her life and forget about her mistake. She goes to a doctor, and he uses some fancy vacuum cleaner to suck her baby out of her – ending the child’s life.
In both cases a child was killed, a life was lost. But only one was called murder, the other was called abortion. Sounds like a twisted double standard, right? What we are in turn saying is that a life is only a life if we say it is. We’re saying that one person can determine another person’s worth. A baby is only a baby only if it’s mother wants it.
Carry this kind of thinking to adults and we’re saying that one person should be allowed to kill another, if they think it’s right. Is that how justice works? No. The circumstances do not determine whether a life has value, whether a child has a soul, or whether God has a plan for a child. We are all God’s children, and to use our own standards to decide whether an innocent life is worth keeping is not only stepping out of bounds, it’s making decisions that only God can make.
You see, humans have certain unalienable rights, and among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Notice which one came first – life. And the reason we have the right to life is not because some person gave us that right, or because our government grants us that right. It’s a right that comes from God. If God knew us before we were in the womb, doesn’t it make sense that we were given the right to life before we were born? Yes. And to take away that right, the right to life, is without a doubt wrong.
Not a lot of people will come out and say that. It’s not always easy to say what you believe. Sometimes its not easy to know what you believe. But people talk, people ask questions, and people want to know. I’m a fiscal conservative, but where do I stand on abortion? There you have it. You know where I stand, and more importantly I know where I stand. Where do you stand? Think about it.