Our President recently said at his address to the graduating class at Notre Dame,
“Maybe we won’t agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions.
So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let’s reduce unintended pregnancies. Let’s make adoption more available. Let’s provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term.”
So let me get this straight.
We’re agreeing that the decision to abort a baby is not one to be made casually. Why not? And is a decision that has moral and spiritual dimensions. What would those be? I’d really really like to know what the President thinks the moral and spiritual dimensions of abortion are.
Is part of the “moral dimension” that a woman is making a decision to kill? Is it that a doctor is complicit and profiting from this decision to kill?
And is the “spiritual dimension” that an eternal soul is being put to death? And that there’s no one standing in the gap for this eternal being, created in the image of God?
If there’s nothing wrong with abortion, then why make it rare? Why not have one casually?
As President Obama acknowledges the “moral and spiritual dimensions” of abortion and asks us to work at making it rare, pro-lifers can take heart. In his desire to be all things to all voters, he is conceding important ground in the abortion “conversation.” (I really hate don’t like that term. When it’s babies dying, having a “conversation” is not exactly high on my priority list, but rather, saving babies. I digress).
After all, there’s nothing conversational or civil or calm or reasoned when a baby is killed. It’s violent. It’s brutal. It’s painful. It’s very very ugly.
The new (or old and re-used) M.O. of abortion advocates or “pr0-choicers” as they prefer to be called, is to throw out words like, “complex” or “complicated” when describing the situation surrounding a woman choosing abortion. As though trying to navigate a difficult (abusive even) relationship with a boyfriend or figuring out career and college and baby make killing understandable and “complex.”
Yes, real life is always complex. Situations are always multi-faceted. Abuse is real. Relationships are hard. And killing a baby is still always evil.
Often when discussing the Civil War, someone will throw out the assertion that the Civil War wasn’t really about slavery, it was about state’s rights. As though it was just some crazy coincidence that all the states concerned about state’s rights were also the ones who wanted to keep their slaves.
I support state’s rights, but the truth is that the Southern states were using “state’s rights” as a cover for doing something so wicked and immoral that it dwarfed the issue they were covering it up with. It couldn’t be covered up.
Neither can abortion be covered up by saying it is complex or pointing to the sad stories of the women getting them. The evil being perpetrated so dwarfs the difficult circumstance surrounding it to make it null. And I fear for and pity those who so strongly advocate for the “rights” of these women. I do not speak with winsome softness towards them. To do that would be to dishonor those sacrificed on the hard altar of convenience.
The cop-out, “I call myself pro-life, but I’m not comfortable with making abortion illegal,” just doesn’t work for me. Slavery didn’t end because of people saying, “I’m anti-slavery, but I’m just not comfortable making it illegal. Let’s just work to make slavery rare.”
One day, history will look at pro-choicers with the same disdainful wonderment that it now gazes at those who fought for slavery. And to them I say, it’s not too late to change your mind. And I pray that you will. For your own sake and the sake of those dying.