The Issue of Abortion

A family member and I were having a discussion of sorts on Facebook, and it involved this image [warning: it’s a shocking image]. The discussion itself isn’t material to this post (it started with a misunderstanding, which is never a good place to begin), but it’s been a while since I’ve expressed myself on a moral issue here on this blog. I thought it was time I took a public stance on something that has always been important to me, but lately it’s been on my mind to an even greater degree (one guess as to why). Here’s my response to part of the discussion:

“…for the record, I started to tear up looking at some of the images that organization is using – they’re horrific and shocking. But they’re reality – a reality that people don’t like to think about. It’s too easy to think of abortion as a routine clinical procedure. It’s not – it involves two heartbeats and two brains (depending on when it’s done). Two sets go in, one set comes out. That’s the hard reality, regardless of how you define “life”.

I don’t see how any rational person could look at those images and not see a tiny human being, every bit as worthy as life as Logan or any other baby is. It was darkly ironic that the route we took for all of Ashley’s pregnancy check-ups took us past the Kensington clinic. My heart ached every time I drove past it, knowing that we were on our way to care for a life, while in that place a life was ending.

I think society as a whole should wrestle with the morality of all important issue, forever. Capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia…taking important issues for granted, assuming that there’s only one “right” answer, is a dangerous road to walk down.”

I hope that regardless of how anyone reading this blog feels about the emotion-laden issue of abortion, respect for all viewpoints is foremost in everyone’s mind when posting a comment.