Tuesday, January 22, 2008


We enjoyed another ridiculous episode of Boston Legal tonight. Two of the law firm's partners faced off in court, one side seeking a court-ordered abortion, and the other seeking to protect the rights given/protected by Roe v. Wade. The defendant defrauded the plaintiff of his semen, took said male product to a fertility clinic and became pregnant. The plaintiff did not actually think he could stomach forcing the defendant to actually have the abortion, yet he was grieved that his rights and feelings were not protected by the law. The judge, after calling the defendant's actions "disgusting" and stating that if she could, she'd throw the disgusting woman in jail, ruled in favor of the defendant. Of course.

The headline of the eleven o'clock news was Roe v. Wade's 35th anniversary, called to attention the numerous protests around the country and mentioned that Erie County Planned Parenthood was hosting a celebration of the date with an exhibit of pro-choice tattoos. (Tattoos? Really? That is the best they could do for a celebration?)

But it was the word 'celebration' that I found sad. Heartbreaking, actually. Because I find it hard to imagine having a celebration and an abortion at the same time. Granted, I haven't had an abortion, and I truly have no idea what it would be like to have an abortion be the best option. It seems to me that to find oneself in the position of needing an abortion must be akin to being in between a rock and a hard place. The gravity of the situation must weigh heavily on the woman, so heavily that it's probably more nauseating than morning sickness itself. Both choices, having the baby or not having the baby have such permanent consequences; does she become a mother (or birth mother)? Or does she see the ghost of her choice in every infant face forever? What a wrenching, horrible choice.

I have been reading A Year With C.S. Lewis. One of the entries talked about how to God, all time past, present and future is now. He is the God of all time, and all time is continually visible to Him. That is how it is possible for us to make our own choices and for Him to know what those choices will be, even though there is no will be with God. He sees all of the happiness and hurt all at once for each of us, He knows what is going on in the deepest, most secret places of our lives. He is the author of life, and knows each of us intimately before we are even born. I don't think it's going out on a limb to believe that God strenuously disapproves of abortion.

But we have free reign over our decisions. We can choose to do what it is we are going to choose. People are going to choose to terminate the lives of their unborn babies. Or fetuses. Or zygotes. Or whatever the semantics dancers are calling them this week. So is it better to have the government create a safer, legalized procedure or to return to the days of the back alley, crochet hook ripping? And if abortion was ever unlegalized, as if that would ever happen, how would the government enforce that? Impossible to do. It is as impossible as keeping steroids out of professional sports, marijuana off the street; as impossible as keeping people who are not Americans out of America. The government can't keep up with illegal aliens. They will certainly not keep track of all of the pregnancies of all of the women in the country. It would probably come down to everyone in the USA being required to get a shopper's card at the local supermarket, and each purchase of pickles and ice cream will be seriously scrutinized.

And people are celebrating all over the country that abortion is legal. Well, maybe they are. But it doesn't make it an occasion to be joyful, an occasion that Hallmark would have a marketing frenzy over. Heard you had a problem to fix/thank goodness for RU486. As if.

I can understand the perspective that abortion should remain legal. But I cannot understand how abortion is a something to celebrate.

1 comment:

  1. This is the first time that I have looked at your blog and i really don't have time, but it was in your email about Olivia's birthday email, so I thought I would bookmark it to read at lunch time.
    I read your thoughts on abortion. I found them very thoughtful and deep and exactly the way I have felt, but have never heard anyone else say. I especially found the part about C. S. Lewis and God's time the most plausable explanation of that whole subject. I am going to take that idea to my next small group meeting where we are discussing that topic. You are an amazing thinker and writer. I do need to get the internet at home so I can spend time on your blog.


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