Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice – why not Pro-Balance?

First off, why do so many Christians want to force a Pro-Life agenda on the general public?  I can’t recall Jesus ever attempting to force anything on anyone.  Aren’t Christians supposed to be following Jesus’ lead?

As for the argument – as with all of these divisive religion-oriented arguments – why don’t we work together to find some middle ground?

“Everything is permissible, but not everything is wise.” 1 Corinthians 10:23

Yes, I have been accused of using this line out-of-context before, but doesn’t it work beyond its context as well?  How else was Jesus able to spend time with all of the sinners he connected with?  If Jesus is God, as Christians believe, then they should dialogue with those not making wise choices.  They shouldn’t act as God to determine what can and can’t be done.  That’s God’s job!

Personally, I’m Pro-Balance.  Abortion should not be marketed as a viable form of birth control.  However, it should be an option for those with no other reasonable choice.  There should be some counseling involved to those who are making such a choice so they are aware of the psychological consequences of such a decision.  There are certain situations (such as rape) where it shouldn’t be frowned upon.

Also, don’t babies get a free pass into heaven according to the Bible?  Those who choose abortion need love and connection, not demonization and criminalization.

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15 Responses to Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice – why not Pro-Balance?

  1. karenzai says:

    There are definitely some horrible ways to communicate the pro-life message. I would call these people anti-abortion, not pro-life. It’s a subtle difference, but with huge repercussions. The be anti-abortion is to be against the act of abortion — it is very impersonal. It leads to the kind of people who attack, even shoot abortion clinic workers (how ironic). To be pro-life is to love and respect all life, not just the unborn but also mothers courageously continuing an unplanned pregnancy, mothers considering abortion, fathers, the disabled, the homeless, vegetative patients, criminals on death row. It is more than a matter of personal preference, because it is grounded in God’s universal, unconditional love. To yell at people entering/leaving Planned Parenthood is not loving. To hold up gruesome pictures to terrorize people is not loving. How, then, do we promote a culture of life in a loving, respectful, manner? To not do anything is not the solution. Christians are called to be light of the world, a city on a hill, and not a lamp hidden under a basket. We demonstrate God’s love. We applaud the courage of mothers who sacrifice comfort and convenience to bring an unplanned child into the world, we provide them with emotional, physical, spiritual support (check out Embrace Grace Inc, they’re doing amazing work with a very compassionate approach!). We speak out lovingly for the virtues of a life-supporting society, we give thanks for the fact that we were all granted the right to life and invite others to reflect upon this privilege, but we don’t curse, we don’t attack. I wonder if you have any other thoughts on how to approach this practically? Would love to hear from you! 🙂

    • jasonjshaw says:

      I appreciate your commentary on the subject, and I like the way you approach it!

      As for practically, those who are the most concerned about the issue should take the initiative to learn how to appropriately counsel someone who is in the position of considering an abortion. They should be prepared to be a good listener and be able to present all of the available alternatives with accurate information about how the children and the biological parents fare in such situations, if available. If those considering abortion are empowered to make a positive choice in a non-judgemental atmosphere, chances are it will help ease how overwhelmed they are and lead to fewer abortions, as an abortion seems to be more a choice borne from panic and uncertainty.

      • karenzai says:

        “Abortion seems to be more a choice borne from panic and uncertainty.” Absolutely agree! And to add on, I think the social stigma of an unplanned pregnancy also pressurizes women towards abortion. So there’s much to be done to eradicate that, and focus on applauding their courage and nobility.

      • jasonjshaw says:

        Also part of the trouble is the infrastructure for children that aren’t able to be cared for by their biological parents which isn’t all that great, from what I’ve heard. It’s a complex set of issues, but the entire system is stressed even further with a prohibition of abortion, which leads to underground clinics where there is no regulation of the practices – not unlike how the drug trade functions here in North America.

  2. Perspective Collector says:

    Appreciate the thoughts here – will never get it when people want people who perform or have abortions to die. It makes no sense at all on so many levels.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      It reminds me of these passages:

      3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” ~Matthew 7:3-5

      … and …

      15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. ~1 john 3:15

      These passages are key ones that seem to be overlooked by those who claim to be Christians but push hateful agendas.

  3. lotharson says:

    I know a good way to make both Conservatives and Liberals utterly angry on me by stating my opinion:

    “I believe that abortion should be forbiden to every woman and that the child should be given to a married homosexual couple.“

    What effect would such a sentence have in Canada?

    • jasonjshaw says:

      Canada seems to be a little more forward-thinking when it comes to homosexuality, at least compared to our southern neighbours. I do think you make a good point though, homosexual couples are a definite asset to improve the lonely child ecosystem. Abortion would be less of an option for women if they can be certain their child will have a good chance at having a decent life with another family.

      I still struggle with the idea of banning abortion for victims of rape. Can you imagine going through such a traumatic, unwanted situation that steals your humanity from you and then be forced to suffer through that pregnancy and bear a child that will be a constant reminder of such a dehumanizing experience? Not to mention the financial troubles it would bring many of the victims. And likely an increased suicide rate. Is abortion really the lesser of the two evils?

      Then again, there could be an underlying sentiment that Jesus could have been a child of rape. I’ve read that they had such troubles with Roman soldiers in the area at the time. The love Jesus had from Mary and Joseph could very well have been a strong early inspiration for the message Jesus shared later in life. In this case Jesus would likely have been an outcast from the start had it not been for his parents’ unconditional love. It would be a good reason for him to make use of this personal understanding to help other outcasts who weren’t so fortunate.

      And maybe the immaculate conception was a story they shared in some way in order to not glorify the inhumanity that may have actually occurred.

  4. Arkenaten says:

    Chi, I think you have done what you needed to do in removing Ark from the conversations and being upfront as to why you felt the need.

    Appreciate the support, Jason. (sic) I didn’t think you went in for hypocrisy.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      You’ve got to admit, you’ve been pretty hard on her, especially when she is opening opportunities for believers to look at things in ways that aren’t encouraged within the standard Christian belief. You can’t easily cross a turbulent river if you deny the use of available stepping stones.

      • Arkenaten says:

        I have been sympathetic to what she has been going through recently and my comments on other posts reflect this.
        She deleted her last post because I called her out over her claim that 80 North Koreans were publicly executed for possessing bibles.
        I asked for a source, she provided it and nowhere in any article I researched especially the one she linked did it say 80 North Koreans were executed because of this. In fact it merely mentioned this was a punishable offence but said nothing pertaining to this being the reason for the executions.
        She got irate and freaked out when I called her out on it.
        That’s also(I believe) why she also deleted the post.
        Running a christian blog that allows atheists to comment is nuts unless you actively seek interaction. And why would you want to discuss your faith with an atheist unless you were having a minor crisis of faith?
        If a christian wants to interact solely with other christians then state this up front.
        I would respect that.

        Or simply make the blog by invite only.

        No matter. I wish her the best but i doubt there will be anything different happening. She was just upset I called her out I think and that was enough for her.

        It’s probably for the best considering her other issues.
        No harm done.

      • jasonjshaw says:

        Yeah, she seems to be going through a lot these days. I wouldn’t be surprised if her non-Christian exposure combined with the secrecy with friends and family of her personal understandings are causing her some issue. It’s a shame that a story about a guy who caringly listened to others would result in a population of people who have such difficulty being open to listening to others.

  5. Arkenaten says:

    Sorry , Jason, I should at least comment on the post.

    There are other issues at stake here as well, of course. Namely contraception.
    If every effort was made to push for a reliable and safe method to prevent unplanned conception religious groups such as die hard catholics would still staunchly oppose such measures.
    The global arms industry can spend untold billions on development to drop a smart bomb down someone’s chimney yet for governments or private enterprise to fund an all-out research project for a truly viable method of male/female contraception is seemingly beyond capability?

    • jasonjshaw says:

      No worries, Ark! Such are the limitations of the WordPress blogosphere!

      You do bring up a good point. The combination of fighting both contraception and abortion is simply not helpful at all in attempting to minimize abortions. Now there are environmental factors that come into play in contraception – the effect of the hormones flushed into waterways due to use of the contraceptive pill is something we should be concerned about – but on the flip side there are also the effects of overpopulation wreaking havoc on natural resources that make contraception an imperative. Not to mention the fear of sex education that comes from some religion.

      As for the support on weapons intended to harm others, yeah, I’m not quite sure how Christians are able to rationalize this within the context of Jesus’ teachings.

  6. Christians are able to rationalize this within the context of Jesus’ teachings.

    Plug ears, imagine heaven *really* hard and ignore reality. Nothing new there. 🙂

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