I have stumbled across another issue. I was first discussing with a friend about abortion and he told me some of his opinions that challenged me. My friend said that abortion should be acceptable if a woman is raped, because that child will now remind her even more of the torment and pain of being raped. How an I refute this claim? My friend also claims that abortion should also be acceptable if the father runs off and now the mother has no support. My friend said that it is not right to let the child live because we are making that child suffer, because the mother will put the child in a foster home, and the living conditions of foster homes are atrocious. What are your thoughts on this?
The second question I have to ask, involves birth control and contraception.
My friend claimed that the catholic church caused millions of people in Africa to die of HIV due to the church promoting abstinence over contraception. is this true? My friend also said that the state of Mississippi has the highest rate of teen pregnancy, because the education system teaches abstinence instead of safe sex. We had another discussion about forced abortion in China under the “One Child Policy”. My friend said that the abortions were wrong, but it was acceptable because Chinese families at the time were having more than 10 children, and if the government never imposed the “one child” policy, there would be too much people for china to take care of. My friend believes that after each child the man should have a vasectomy. Is a vasectomy sinful? Now my last question. Is contraception acceptable to prevent overpopulation? My frend claims that it is impossible to love more than 3 children and a spouse because there are too much kids to look after. what are your thoughts? I’m trying to understand my friends viewpoint, but I think it is harsh to view each individual as a statistic instead of an individual as a beautiful creation with a soul. Advice anyone?