With a title like that, you might think that I am going to get religious or moral. While it is hard to ignore religious or moral ground on the subject of abortion, my intention is simply to relate stories that are close to me, stories of flesh and blood.
You see, if abortion was legal in 1961, I might not be married to my wife.
Her mother became pregnant out of wedlock. I don’t know the whole story. It certainly isn’t for me to judge. My wife’s parents got married, in spite of what their families wanted them to do. As time went on, however, the marriage suffered. The family struggled.
If abortion was legal in 1961, and if her mother walked into a Planned Parenthood office (or, perhaps, her doctor’s office) asking for help as a pregnant teenager, they would have likely suggested, maybe even urged, that she get an abortion. Her parents would have never known, though they might have agreed.
The videos made of the interviews with various Planned Parenthood representatives and former employees went viral and stirred up the abortion debate with new vigor in 2015, some 42 years after the US Supreme Court opinion authored by Justice Harry Blackman made abortion legal in all 50 states. As always, the debate usually focuses on the fetuses (or unborn babies, depending on what side of choice or life you stand).
I want to focus on the women who have had abortions and the women who have helped them. The pain of abortion is evident in this home made video above.
I will say, first of all, that I have not been very much engaged in this debate for over 30 years, and I say that to my shame. I have thrown up my hands over the callousness that I see in our country on the issue of human life. The Rubio/Cuomo dialogue underscores that callousness. I am sorry that I have stayed on the sidelines.
Cuomo says that science cannot say when human life begins. Rubio says that human life begins from conception. If we were looking at those two arguments in a vacuum, with no preconceived notions, with no thought to the consequences of the argument, where do you think science would come out? Continue reading →