This past week I conducted a minor experiment. I crossed over from pro-life to pro-choice. Now, I kept this experiment completely internal – I didn’t tell anyone for two reasons: 1) I didn’t want to freak anyone out, and 2) I think there are a lot of closet pro-choicers out there, so I chose to be one of them.
I admit, I was hoping to find different results than what I anticipated simply for more engaging content for this blog post. I threw out all of my pro-life notions, my biblical and fundamental world views, and thought like an abortionist. (Except for one instance where I shared a hand-drawn picture on Facebook that was of a baby inside a pregnant woman and the caption read, “Coexist.” I just couldn’t resist.)
Anyway, I spent the week reasoning out, like a pro-choicer would, the benefits of abortion. I considered things like population control, selective breeding, accidental pregnancies, etc.
And, to be quite honest, it all narrowed down to just one thing. Me. The only reason I could possibly justify abortion was because of Me – My wants, My needs, My timing, My convenience, My mind, My body, My uterus (not really), My choice. Me.
Try as I might, I couldn’t really get on board with the whole population control issue. Ten minutes on Google Earth reminded me just how large this planet is, and we are nowhere near overpopulation. I fiddled around with the idea that I wouldn’t want to bring a baby into this dark, evil world…
Let me stop right there. Allow me to elaborate on this one. Christians are the first group to stand up against abortion at all costs, right? And Christians maintain that, according to the Bible, this world is full of evil and the days are only going to get darker. Most Christians also believe that all babies and children before a certain age go to Heaven. You would think that Christians would be okay with abortions – but we are not – because an abortion simply cannot be seen as anything short of murder – especially in the eyes of God. Christians are to be a light in dark places and stand up against such evil acts. So those who think they are saving a child from an evil world by killing him are only contributing to the darkness that we are trying to fight.
So, obviously, as a pro-choicer, I couldn’t get on board with that idea. That’s why we raise our children up according to the wisdom and conduct of the Bible.
Honestly, a rape was the only occurrence where I could come close to justifying an abortion and that’s why, I believe, pro-choicers fall back on this in almost every abortion discussion. Although the issue of how many rapes result in pregnancy is highly debated, no matter the number, it does not come close to the total number of abortions that take place.
But, even as a pro-choicer, I don’t believe that shooting a child who witnessed a crime is justified. So logically, I cannot believe that taking the life of a baby that was conceived by rape is bringing justice to anyone. If we truly want to avenge those who have been raped, let’s talk about capitol punishment for a while…
So, clearly my experiment wasn’t very successful in finding any common ground with pro-choicers. I want to hear from you. I am opening up the floor to discussion. If you support abortion in any way, or are on the fence, I truly want to hear from you. Leave a comment below. I want to hear your reasons for being pro-choice if they differ from my result: “It’s only about me.”
Along with possible spam and inappropriate messages, the only comments I will delete will be from pro-lifers talking disrespectfully to anyone.