Today while out shopping, I saw this bumper sticker on a car at the public library.
YOUR MOTHER DID
“Well, you idiot, if she hadn’t I wouldn’t be around to worry about it, now would I?”
This is also true, but like the sticker itself, it doesn’t come close to depicting the complicated reality of abortion. I imagine this particular fight will continue until the sun goes supernova (at which point none of us will worry about it ever again). Still, on the basis of the condescending, punishing attitude of most pro-lifers, I find it very hard to align myself to their side, no matter how religious they claim to be.
In fact, the more religious an anti-abortionist is, frankly, the less regard s/he has in my eyes, because of this simple fact: You have no right to force your religious views about life and the unborn on people who do not share your beliefs. I’ve said this before, but let me reiterate: It is none of my frakking business what another woman does with her body.
If anyone wants to ask me if I would have an abortion, the answer will be: it depends. If I became pregnant as a result of rape, the answer will probably be yes. (I say “probably” because this is one of those situations where you can’t say for sure unless it actually happens.) Nevertheless, even if the answer was “no,” the answer would be irrelevant. Why? Because my opinion does not and should not have the force of law.
This is where so-called Christians completely miss the boat. As I’ve said before, one of the worst things someone who professes to believe in Christ can do is get involved in politics. The two are diametrically opposed, and inevitably, each one will wreck the other. If you truly believe, why can’t you trust God to solve these problems?
Besides that, do these people actually think through the implications of their own rhetoric? Do they really want to reduce women to the status of slaves, chained to their own bodies? I thought slavery was outlawed in this country; do we want to start it up again, this time encompassing 51% of the population?
(Of course, that wouldn’t actually happen, because wealthy white women would still be able to get as many illegal abortions as they want.)
Make no mistake, banning abortion is another way of saying: We want to enslave women. We want to force women to give birth, because God knows the uterus and the embryo are the two most important things in the universe.
Now I’m getting snarky, but I’m not going to apologize. It disgusts me that these pseudo-Christians can’t keep their beliefs (no matter how sincerely held) out of other people’s lives. This, it seems to me, is completely ignoring the apostle Paul’s advice.
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 New International Version)
Trying to force their beliefs on other people, through a political process Christians shouldn’t be involved with in the first place, will win the respect of no one.