I detest the very idea of abortion. I spend a good deal of my ‘free’ time helping women explore other options, or counselling after having made that decision, and it breaks my heart that anyone would choose.
But I still have mixed feelings about this. I am not in favour of endangering the life of adult women, many of whom (no matter how much they might regret it later), are at their last extremity when they make the decision, and are so desperate that they may well choose to undergo an abortion in an even less safe environment. (Of course, what also disgusts me is that it’s another rule for the rich, who can just go somewhere where safe [for the mother] abortions are legal and easily obtainable). I don’t want these kind of places to remain open, but I want to have the lives of mothers placed in jeopardy, even less.
We all (and I suspect many pro-abortion people as well, really) want to live in a world where no child is ever killed in this (or indeed any other) way, and to make that choice as a woman is undeniably a mortal sin of a most awful kind.
I just don’t know that making it harder for women is the right solution, and it’s particularly ridiculous to force centres like this to close through creating arcane (and medically not always necessary) legal obstacles (I can’t claim to understand the minutiae of this in the United States: I live in the UK). We need to recognise that the world is what it is, and whether we like it or not young men and women in many cases WILL experiment with sex. (They always have done…this is not a new, post-1960s phenomenon even if it’s more prevalent now). Therefore surely (while we can celebrate this closure), it would be much more sensible in the long term to campaign for better sex education, both at home and in schools, and this HAS to include information about (and access to, within reason) contraception: while I firmly believe (now) that using unnatural contraception is itself sinful, my view is that it is probably better than not using it and then creating the awful choice of committing an even greater sin, and simply a horrible, destructive act, in choosing an abortion - given that people will (let us be honest) end up having sex anyway. We need better education about alternatives, about adoption, and certainly we need to inculcate greater responsibility in our young men too (this is not just a ‘women’s problem’).
So while I can like many others rejoice in this news, I am also troubled by it, as to me while the intention is utterly, utterly good I am so worried it might be also the wrong approach.
I also really want to snuggle with that picture