Whatever your view is on abortion I promise this is going to make you think.
I'm not one to talk about abortion. I don't talk a whole lot about social issues in general because, for the most part I think people should decide for themselves. I believe for the most part moral values and principles are something that people discover. I think there's a danger in legalized morals, whether it's the government, or church, or other people telling you how to behave especially without teaching why.
There's 2 basic questions about abortion:
1. Is it wrong, morally wrong?
2. Should it be illegal or for the individual to choose?
Outside of the abortion issue there is nothing that bothers me more than hurting a child. It makes me insanely angry to the point I can't even read about it watch it. Whether it's violence, an accident or rape against a child I really can't handle it. It provokes me to a level of anger I'm not comfortable with.
Despite that I've stayed kind of neutral on abortion because there are so many variables. What do you do in cases of rape or incest? Of course these are the most egregious situations. But, what about an abused wife who's struggling to survive. I'm not making the case that anything is right I'm just saying who am I to judge?
But then I found something that changed my mind.
This isn't going to be preachy or some teary eyed pull at your heartstrings essay. I want to give this to you from a logic and reason perspective. Now if you’re a heartless animal that has no sense for the value of life let alone human life you probably won't care any way. But, if you have any ounce of decency, any ounce of basic moral fiber in your body I promise this is going to make you think. Whether you think abortion should be legal or not, whatever side of the argument your on and no matter your religious beliefs are I'm telling you this will make you think.
This isn't my argument, I wasn't even looking for it. I stumbled on it.
The argument is made my mother Teresa. She said, and she actually told this to Bill and Hillary Clinton when she was in front of them at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast.
She said abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace today. That caught my eye. It didn't convince me of anything but like just about everything I see it made me ask why?
She goes on to make the argument that as long as the act of a mother murdering her unborn child is normalized there is no other moral boundary. That kind of resonated with me.
She makes the argument that when a mothers love has vanished there is no other love that can exist. That's the point it hit me because it made me think of my own mother and the way my mother loved me. And, I thought if my mother was ever capable of doing something like having an abortion how could I look at her the same way?
Let me read for you some of what was written by mother Teresa because it's very powerful:
“That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike! Yet we can destroy this gift of motherhood, especially by the evil of abortion, but also be thinking that other things like jobs or positions are more important than loving, than giving oneself to others. No job, no plans, no possessions, no idea of ‘freedom’ can take the place of love. So anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women — the ability to love as a woman.”
“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.”
“Jesus said, ‘Anyone who receives a child in my name, receives me.’ By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus but, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus.”
“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.”
“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”
“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”
“The child is God’s gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things – to love and be loved.”
“Life is the most beautiful gift of God.”
“Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today — abortion which brings people to such blindness.”
If we cannot protect the children who can we protect? If we cannot seek justice for those that have zero chance of getting it themselves who can ever have justice?
I don't know if any of that resonates with you or moves you to think differently about it but, I hope at least it makes you ask the question. Is abortion right or wrong?
By Christopher Scott, Copyright 2018