|Abortion: Agony and New Life|
Two realities about abortion: first a woman faces an intimate decision unlike any other, so talks with a friend, counselor, physician, pastor, or is reading this. Second, as a Christian I know that Christ suffers with her as Christ supports her in her working through her decision. Deciding comes with recognizing feelings about life, about your future, of what you want to be and do.
Abortion decisions are based on your personal feelings about moral beliefs. Since there is no consensus or agreement about the morality of abortion, you decide for yourself — with helpful friends. Each of us decides about abortion in particular situations. Some who opposed abortion abstractly changed to new views when feeling the pressure of a pregnancy that could be devastating.
Women's health issues include reproductive health and personal decisions, including planning parenthood and abortions. All decisions must be made by women — not men and never Legislators!
When I think life begins
I believe and think the self begins when taking that first breath and cry at being cut-off from a cozy well-fed environment. The Greek word for birth is genesis — the beginning of creation. Habits of eating, exercise, proper drink, and not smoking affect the fetus. But I believe the personality and the person begin with that first breath as the newborn reaches out for acceptance, trust, love, expressed in caresses, care, and words.
Religion and abortion
See the results of laws that deny abortion in testimony by Secretary of State Clinton.
To legislate that a woman cannot have an abortion, or limit her, violates her first amendment right to her own religious, moral feelings and decisions — distrusts women!
Children who are not wanted, not loved feel that deep inside! An unwanted, unloved baby often has tragic results. The book Freakonomics in one chapter summarizes the evidence that legalizing abortion reduced crime, because unwanted children are so often neglected or abused, which leads many to commit anti-social, criminal acts. The hundreds of convicted rapists in a prison were found to have every one been sexually abused as boys!
Who is pro-life?
Let women speak
This I believe
To every woman who wants to birth and parent their child we must provide full prenatal medical care and support in parenting.
Post abortion trauma?
Hopefully she talks with her physician and others who have accurate information and whom she trusts. "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" are not medical facilities, their staff are committed against any abortion, and they give faulty information. Austin, Texas, and other cities require these centers to have signs warning they do not provide birth control information or abortions.
Is Christ pro-choice?
Since I have listened to and counseled women with problem pregnancies, I feel these thoughts need additional feelings; I want your comments or questions.
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Copyright © 2008, 2010 John F. Yeaman