I have thoughts.
Let me start by saying that I am a Christian. I believe in God, and in the teachings of Jesus and I have read the Bible several times now. That doesn’t mean I understand it all. But I have my ideas.
I am supposed to be pro-life. I want to protect all life, children, the elderly, the abused, the persecuted, the homeless, animals, and nature. I do not like the idea of abortion, never have, never will. Ripping a living thing from any womb, person, animal, I don’t care what - it’s not good. Period. From what I am hearing, abortions are not for the faint of heart. It’s a very tough thing for a woman to go through, emotionally and physically, and I wish nobody would ever have to have one.
That said, I don’t really know where our duty to protect life begins and where it ends. We have laws that say it is forbidden to end someone’s life. You are not allowed to kill another person. You will be punished if you do. Seems like a sensible law, right? So, should we not also protect the life of the most vulnerable among us, beings that have no voice yet, no way to defend themselves?
When does an embryo become a person, then? When it becomes a fetus? How long does a fetus stay a fetus before it becomes a baby? And is a baby a person? It cannot survive on its own, so the rationale about “not a person while it’s not being able to survive on its own” doesn’t work.
I’m not pro-choice. I’m not pro-life. I am against unwanted pregnancy. How about that? How did we get to a point where we even have to discuss the pros and cons of abortion? How about we address what has to happen before someone gets pregnant? A woman can only carry a child a year. Once she gets pregnant, she cannot get pregnant again for about 10 months. A man can impregnate hundreds of women a year. Why are most forms of birth control then on the shoulders of women? Patches and injections, pills, in-uterine devices, sponges, gels, foams, diaphragms, and even a female condom. Men have … condoms. And that’s about it. Why is that? It’s because up to only a few years ago, women didn’t count. What women wanted didn’t count. What women needed didn’t count. They had no voice.
If we want to stop abortions from happening we have to improve society as a whole. We have to educate, inform, and empower. Before we can consider fetuses persons, we have give the homeless, disabled, children, the poor AND women the same voice and value as society gives old, white men.