I’ll try to keep this brief. I’m very tired of online discussions. This is meant to be informational and straightforward and I’ve linked several other resources within the post. Let’s just get straight to the point.
Number one: I do not like abortion, but I do not support making abortion illegal.
In practice, abortion law just doesn’t work. Here are a couple real-life example from trusted resources showing the information and statistics backing up this claim. Please read in full.
- From Human Rights Watch (https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/23/trumps-gag-rule-puts-womens-health-and-lives-risk-globally)
- From the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/abortion_facts/en/)
- From Amnesty International (http://blog.amnestyusa.org/americas/what-happens-when-abortion-is-banned/)
Abortion law will not prevent abortions. Preventing pregnancy will prevent abortions.
Which brings me to…
A couple arguments about birth control I have heard just don’t make sense. One very common reply to the abortion discussion is: Well, why can’t people just refrain from sex?
Well, I’ll tell you why. First, from the Christian standpoint that premarital sex and lust are sinful things, people are inherently sinful. People will have sex. Second, there are many married couples that are also trying to prevent pregnancy. Sex within marriage is not wrong, so abstinence cannot possibly be the answer there.
Believe it or not, actual birth control is a better option. It needs to be widely accessible. And women need to know about it. We are pretty lucky in America, as so many of you keep pointing out. Other women are not so lucky and those of us lucky to have a voice in this matter need to speak out for the voiceless.
Another argument I was shocked to hear is that women purposefully use abortion as “easy birth control.”
Women do not enter a sexual situation by saying “I’m definitely going to get pregnant right now on purpose because I will just fix it with an abortion.” Accidental pregnancy is just that- accidental. Nothing about abortion is an easy form of birth control. I cannot speak from experience, but I imagine it’s a very emotional choice for many women, often emotionally painful. Preventing pregnancy in the first place is a much better idea.
And many are also enraged by the idea that the government will fund abortions. But, with some exceptions, they actually don’t. Here are more resources that I hope you will read fully.
- ACLU provides details of federal funding here. (https://www.aclu.org/other/public-funding-abortion)
- NPR provides details specific to Planned Parenthood here. (http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/05/429641062/fact-check-how-does-planned-parenthood-spend-that-government-money)
Finally. Let’s get down to the real problem.
For the abortion is a sin discussion.
Stop. Stop sharing opinion blogs and memes that promote feeling ashamed of a sinful decision or past.
The fight against sin needs to be a sanctification thing, not a moral thing. If resisting sin becomes a “control yourself and your desires in your own strength in the name of morality,” the devil wins every time. When we approach sin with the humility that we need a savior, real change begins to happen. But first comes loving Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less.
If you are not first pointing people to Jesus by acknowledging your own sin and need for a savior, you are doing nothing for the kingdom. Pointing out sin within the church is very biblical, but that’s not the case here.