Almost every Saturday, I drive by the demonstrations outside of Richmond’s abortion clinic. These creative displays of indignation have included newborn birthday parties, large billboards of fetuses, loud prayer and yelling.
I thought hard about how to show my disdain without stooping to the level of name-calling. I make eye contact, give the thumbs down and add a large raspberry of annoyance. I’m surprised how affective it is, and I feel completely comfortable doing it in front of my children.
It’s not that I don’t understand pro-life, anti-choice people. My husband and I both marched and wrote, respectively, in support of the pro-life movement in high school. I think that if a person believes life begins when an egg and sperm meet, it’s hard to make a case for an abortion.
I can even understand not including any exceptions other than the well-being of the mother. Back in high school, I was one of the few atheist, pro-lifers I’ve ever known. It just seemed logical. Egg plus sperm meant baby who didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t even believe in exceptions for rape and incest. I was VERY logical — why punish a baby for the crimes of the father?
However, I don’t understand any argument that portends a fetus, who couldn’t survive without the mother, is more important than the LIFE of the mother. Perhaps after 24 weeks, the debate of mother versus child can be taken up since the N.I.C.U. may be able to save the child. Of course, if other children are involved and out and breathing (or parents or spouses), it begins to confuse which person gets the best care. It’s okay to kill a mother and not a child? All 36 states that ban late-term abortions have exception clauses that include the health of the mother although some are quite narrow and burdensome such as requiring a second physician’s assent. (In case the woman and her doctor really HATE babies.) I find it strange that it is so easy for lawmakers to create hoops for someone to save her own life.
Regardless, I even disagree that a ten cell organism is more important than a woman’s well-being. And since sexually active women are clearly not using abortion as a birth control method because that would lead to 1-2 abortions every year for 30 years (give or take some dry spells) and statistically that’s just not happening at the clinics, I don’t think that we have to worry about abortion being a flippant decision. But who can argue what’s a GOOD reason with what’s a GOD reason. Drug addiction, homelessness, money, abusive husband, incest, rape, age, health.
Logic is one thing, but I think assuming that God is on a side is presumptuous. And strange that before 1976, abortion wasn’t THE Christian cause. God must’ve been sleeping for a few years after Roe v. Wade.
Personal commentary aside, I don’t begrudge an anti-choice stance even with God bound up in it. I disagree, but I don’t think the people who feel that way are terrible or ignorant.
Except when they’re protesting outside the abortion clinic.
Because how does that help? And if God is part of the equation, are these weekly protests what God calls us to do? Stand around with a sign and remind “the fallen” of their “sins?”
Wouldn’t we save more “unborn babies” by providing a daycare center? Job training? Parenting classes? Safe houses? Treatment centers? Donating prenatal vitamins? Funding and manning prenatal clinics? (Ones that are honest and not full of propaganda. Or does God need us to lie for Him?)
Aren’t there ideas more Jesus-like than standing around an abortion clinic on Saturday morning?
Jesus got angry once. Otherwise, he hung out with prostitutes and lepers. And didn’t spend his time reminding them how much more righteous he and all the priests and scribes are.
Who’s hanging out with the desperate women? Who’s being kind to these women? Helpful?
And those who see it logically rather than Godly, clearly yelling at a few people in one location is not as helpful as creating support for women throughout an entire state.
Honestly, I don’t care what side everyone is on. But I care about the people walking in and out of those clinics. They deserve better than a Bible thrown in their face.
They deserve support and help and love.
I have never met ANYONE who loves abortions. So we have common ground.
We can reduce the rate of abortions through support and resources.
But maybe it’s not as glamorous as yelling at ” the sinners.”