Every presidential election, abortion becomes a tense issue and I suspect that will never change. Let me first say I respect those whose commitment to the unborn extends beyond the election rhetoric. I have a friend whose life long calling and job is to fight for the unborn. Unlike her, I confess that while I am Pro-Life and against abortion, I am more talk than walk, more preach than do, more blog than [can't find a good word here]. But I still struggle with it. While I was genuine in my quote in Sojourners that
“I don’t want to be defined by one or two issues”
I still care much about those one or two issues. While I can’t honestly come to agree that abortion is the greatest moral issue of our day as some are proned to say, I know that God cares immensely for the unborn and thus, we must care as well. God also cares for the born and thus my “womb to tomb” ethic of pro-life.
Couple people [I know of] left our church because they disagreed with my view on abortion and I suspect that it may be possible that couple more may leave after they read this. Like most Christians I know, I am against abortion. However, I just do not believe we can legislate it. Without going into all the details, the layers over abortion is so complex that even after extensive research, I can’t understand how a country like the United States can enforce abortion and pay for the enforcement - if it were to be turned illegal. Furthermore, I think we are fooling ourselves if we think abortion rates will be reduced significantly if Roe v. Wade was overturned. I can certainly be wrong. Rather than legislating it, I wonder how abortions can be reduced by speaking and appealing to the Heart and Soul of a person and to make all necessary provisions if a person decides to have that baby. In short, can we maintain choice but do all that we can to preserve and ensure the life of an unborn? This is where most of us fall short. Read the rest of this entry »