First off I am not currently catholic but I am dating a catholic and researching/considering conveting. Now I would consider myself a non-denomination Christian.
I have a thought that may not be popular on abortion and wanted to get some feedback/opinions…
From a personal/religous/moral standpoint I am against abortion. I follow the belief that life begins at conception and that abortion is wrong. However, I do not think that the goverment should make abortion illegal. I feel they would be abusing their power by doing so. I feel like even though I believe it is wrong, it remains a personal choice that a woman should be able to make for herself.
A lof of people are going to argue what’s the difference between murdering an adult that has been born and murdering an unborn child. From a personal level I do not believe their is a difference but from another stand point I do believe there is a very very thin line. I am reading catholicism for dummies to develop a better understanding of catholic beliefs (I would recommend this book for people considering converting to catholism btw as it has been helpful to me). At one point in the book it is talking about divine law, natural moral law, human law etc…It defines natural moral law as “unwritten but known by ALL men and women who have the use of reason”. It states that people from all civilizations and relgions who are born with reason know that certain things such as murder are wrong (weather they choose to do it anyway is a different story). I can follow and agree totally that murder of a human who has been born fits this definition. When we talk about abortion it’s not quite so clear. In my mind I see abortion as wrong but obviously there are lots of people out there who don’t believe there is anything wrong with abortion. Based on the definition above, ALL men and women with reason must know. Obviously this is not the case with abortion or it would not be such a controversial issue and would not have been legalized in the US in the first place. So that is the small distinguishing difference I see between abortion and the murder of a human who has been born.
So I believe that if a person is a Christian and follows God’s law they will determine that abortion is wrong. But I do not feel it is the goverment’s job to regulate morality. Based on the definition above I see murder of a born human a legal and religious/moral issue but have to believe that abortion is a religious/moral issue only.
Please do not berate me for my understanding/thoughts on the issue. I hope this can turn into a legitimate discussion and now just arguing back and forth. Maybe if I hear the right counterpoint it can change my views…
Also, would this viewpoint affect my ability to join the Catholic church since from a personal stand point I am still prolife?