With the inauguration of a new president, there has been a lot of discussion about Roe v Wade. In case you don’t know, Roe v Wade is the landmark abortion case that gave women the right to choose what is right for them – legalizing abortion practices in the US.
Despite my own opinions, one of the things I am good at is being able to look at all points of view. Yet, in this instance I don’t fully agree with either the pro-life supporters or the pro-choice supporters. And here’s why:
Both sides are operating under the assumption that pro-life and pro-choice are mutually exclusive. And that is not the case. I am pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe that from the moment of conception a child is created and to end the development process (or have an abortion) is to take a life. Thus, it goes against the biblical law to which I am held accountable. In the case of medical emergencies, I believe you treat them as you would any other situation dealing with the lives of multiple individuals.
However, with that said, I am also pro-choice. While I support pro-life efforts I do not feel it is my responsibility nor my right to enforce those beliefs on others. When God created humanity He gave us the right to choose. He knew that not all individuals would choose truth, but He still gave them the option. If, we take away that right to choose now, then are we not taking away the very right that God bestowed upon us? Now I get it, we have to have laws and boundaries. But, then the question becomes where do we draw the line on which laws are appropriate. If one is going to argue for the life of an unborn child then that same individual should be arguing for the life of prisoners that have been sentenced to death. Thus the discussion should not simply be about a law that removes the legalization of abortions, but rather for a law that protects the sanctity of all human lives. If it is about the sanctity of life… then it is about the sanctity of life, period.
And, if it’s not truly about the sanctity of life, then it becomes the personal preference of the sector of individuals who have the loudest voice and the deepest pockets.