I spoke out against Christian animosity toward abortion on a blog post the other day. Someone responded with the comparison of having a child who has taken up stealing.
The equivalent of banning abortions in this scenario would be to lock the child up in a room in order to prevent the crime. That hardly seems loving.
If I was in such a position, I would hope that I would take the route of educating the child about their actions and consequences of those actions plus the dangers they are exposing themselves and others to. In a questioning tone I imagine would be the best to allow them to actually understand the full scope of the situation, asking them how it would affect the victims and how they would feel if they were the victim. Of course, that’s in a perfect world where the child would respect me enough to speak with me about it. Hopefully I wouldn’t hold such animosity toward such actions so as to separate myself from being able to approach such situations lovingly.
But then again, that’s what anti-abortion Christians have done. They have chosen to walk the path of control and judgement rather than the path of love and understanding. I hope they will come to see the trouble in their approach. It would be great to minimize the need for abortion rather than force children into a world of disarray with mothers who are ill-prepared to carry the weight of another human on their shoulders.