I know that a great many people voted for Trump based predominately on the fact that Hillary Clinton “supports abortion.”
But, I’ve heard Ms. Clinton clearly state that she is personally against abortion, but remains pro-choice. Actually, that’s how most of the pro-choice people I know view themselves.
That’s how I view myself.
If you believe that being pro-choice is the same as being pro-abortion, you are gravely mistaken.
Also, if you have true concern for lowering the abortion rates, there are a couple of articles at the bottom of this post with information you should seriously consider.
You want to reduce abortions? Well, for one thing, get over your supposed moral objection to sex-education and contraceptives. Abstinence? Fine. Teach that, too. But I’ve seen time and time again, in churches I’ve attended, children who were raised with “abstinence only” education ending up pregnant. They likely would not have if someone had taught them to use contraceptives. No, that’s not condoning premarital sex. It’s just preparing them for life.
Many I know who are anti-abortion, show through the other issues they support that they are clearly not pro-life. Just like being pro-choice doesn’t mean you’re pro-abortion, being anti-abortion in no way means you are pro-life. I, too, used to have this single-issue mentality, and it completely blinded me to the bigger picture of reality. The more I looked at the issues, the more I realized that just making sure babies are born isn’t necessarily the most moral choice. You can’t just overlook a slew of major moral issues, ignore racism, misogyny, incited violence, homophobia, xenophobia and more in a candidate, vote because they oppose abortion, and then say you’ve made the best moral choice. Well, not and be consistent with your professed “faith.”
I really find it odd that old friends and family explain their fundamentalist positions like I’ve never heard them. Folks, I understand those arguments. I taught those ideas. I’ve been through the Jesus movement which for the most part transitioned to the Religious Right. I’ve been a Sunday school teacher. An elder. A lay-counselor. A worship leader. A co-pastor. “Ordained” a few times. Sure, I can learn from you, but with these issues I already know just about any point you wish to make. I held those beliefs for most of my life. I ate, drank, slept and lived that. I also know that we were trained well in apologetics. We never really considered that some of our beliefs were wrong. And the only understanding of other beliefs we had were superficial. We wanted to know about “them” only to the degree we could shut them down, and “prove” how wrong they were. There was sadly very little desire to truly listen and learn. We knew that maybe we could have some non-Christian friends, but those few weren’t so much friends as they were projects. People targeted for conversion.
Look back. If you’re honest, you know for the most part that’s how it was. So yes, I already understand your position. Do you truly understand those you disagree with? Have you actually, really considered their views, or just tried to find ways to prove them wrong?
OK. Back to “Choice.”
I know women who have had an abortion. I’ve know women who’ve, after standing against abortion, seriously considered having one during an unwanted pregnancy. Some go through with that procedure. Some I know, after much thought and soul-searching, chose to not have an abortion. But, for those who were in turmoil, and eventually chose to have a baby, the key remains the same: They Chose!
They didn’t have some government mandate telling them they had to remain pregnant. They didn’t have a bunch of old white guys deciding they would be legally punished (as Trump has stated they should be) if they chose to end the pregnancy!
Making that decision should always, always be the woman’s choice. You may think it’s an awful choice. Fine. You have every right to think that. You don’t have any right to impose that on a woman who’s going through that. ESPECIALLY if you claim to be a follower of Christ. (Quadrupedal if you’re a male!)
Imagine, for a moment, if you had no choice; if the law required you to have an abortion even if you didn’t want one!
That’s the law.
Well, that’s exactly what you are doing to others.
And no, as one dear friend suggested, this isn’t like a law requiring you to wear a seat-belt. It’s just not.
Oh, here are those articles I mentioned:
The states where public opinion is pro-life are already the states with lower abortion rates.
those conscientiously concerned about reducing abortion should not view support or opposition of Roe v. Wade as the only — or even the best — measure of one’s concern on life issues.
Another side note:
I know you think you’re standing up for the unborn. But (and you’ll hate this) the Bible doesn’t teach that life begins in the womb. I already know the verses you’ll piece together, but they just don’t teach that. I’ll come back later and post a link discussing that. Even if that were true, that does NOT negate anything said here.