Abortion has been a topic of much discussion in the Geek household of late. Our lovely state had an abortion-related initiative on the ballot yesterday and the campaign turned rather ugly. Well, maybe not "he sleeps with dead boys and horses" ugly, but "lots of taped messages describing how mothers were dragged away from abortion clinics by police" ugly. Between that and the fact that I just gave the National Organization for Women twenty dollars to help prevent the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, there has just been a lot of "pro-choice" vs. "right-to-life" action around here lately.
My own thoughts about abortion are murky. I don't know if live begins at conception. I certainly know that the potential for life begins at conception. I know that an abortion is a tragic act. I know that many women resent the intrustion of the law into the function of their bodies, in ways that no man's body is ever regulated. I also know, thanks to the recently completed election period for my Company O. health insurance, that a voluntary abortion would only cost me a $150 co-payment.
What I do know is that both the law and society are not ready (and may never be) to be in the middle of this issue. There have been unwanted pregnancies about as long as there have been human beings. There have been people trying to end those pregnancies almost as long. Law, custom, and spiritual teaching have all tried to stop it from happening and failed. Women as well as their children have died as a result. So what do we chose? To try to save the life of a child knowing that we may kill and mother and child as a result? It is a tragic situation, no matter how you look at it... and I resent the notion that the life of a mother contemplating abortion no longer counts because "she's a bad person."
I've known two women over the years who chose to abort a pregnancy. Both were very mature, intelligent women who were in confused places emotionally... and got involved with the absolutely wrong men. Should they have opted to do something else? Perhaps. I don't know that I would have counseled them to have one. The choice absolutely remain with women like them and people they trust, however... because lawyers, judges, and government officials will not have to pay the personal price the way those women do.
on 2005-11-09 at 6:45 p.m.
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