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June 30th, 2009

The Age-Old Debate Rages On: My Views

Sometimes I am not sure where I stand on the thorny issue of abortion.  While I could never see myself choosing such an option, I cannot say what I would do in a situation that might call for it.  I do not think any of us can.  It is not for me to judge another's choice, and I do not feel comfortable taking that choice away from anyone.  I suppose, in that light, I am - for the most part - pro-choice.  True, too, I have a problem with dictating the choices another makes.

While I can understand how people say it is "murder", in a sense – it is killing a somewhat sentient, living being…maybe – I also see a need for such in certain, horrible, situations.

In this over-populated world, filled with starving and struggling children and with poverty levels as high as they are in this country, it is, perhaps, almost favorable to have an unwanted or un-prepared for child aborted.  There are millions of children already living that need loving homes by means of adoption; just as there are millions more living in poverty or suffering abuse at the hands of parents who cannot support them and do not have the ability - or desire - to do so.  There are children being born every day to parents on welfare who care more for the extra dollars that child will add to their government checks than for the living being they have created.  These children, born to parents who do not truly want them or who cannot readily support them, may have been better off not coming to Earth at this time.  That is a harsh reality and a difficult stance to take, and I do not - I assure you - take it lightly.

That is not to say that all of these people would have been aborted had their mothers that choice; far from it.  That is to say, however, that the choice should be there for responsible mothers-to-be who feel that they would not be able to provide for a new baby and are reluctant to add another child to the excess of youth needing adoption and/or saving.

And it would seem, as much as the pro-life proponents cry for the life of such children, they have little care for what becomes of their lives - or the lives they may someday affect - once they have been born.  Once these underprivileged children reach adulthood, a number of them will repeat the patterns of their parents; living off of the government or - worse - entering our penal system.  Our prisons are overflowing with adults who were once unborn children, born into a life of poverty from which they were unable to escape.  Why, I have always wondered, do pro-lifers not care about the lives of children, teens, and adults who live hand-to-mouth and, more often than not, get caught up in the life of crime they are so predisposed to due to such living conditions?

The world is filled with unwanted children who are never given a fair chance at life; many of them end up in our prison system.  Who cares for them then?  The pro-lifers cry out for the lives of the unborn; yet who is to care for this multitude of outcast or handicapped children once they are born?  At the time they become little people and, eventually, adults where are these pro-lifers; what are they doing to sustain a life that they insisted should be born?  They are not helping with the insurmountable medical bills of a struggling family caring for a disabled or mentally handicapped child.  They are not holding the hands of grieving parents who watch as a beloved child suffers and slowly dies from a terminal disease.  They are not comforting or offering financial assistance to the young, single woman who was raped and could not be prepared for the child borne of her nightmare.  They are not there to support the woman who gives birth to a child she cannot financially sustain and that has to opt for the painful yet noble choice of adoption; nor are they there to help her search for adoptive parents or find the child a loving home and keep it out of the mess that is foster care.  They are certainly not there when that child – perhaps unwanted on unprepared for – grows into a tortured young adult and lands in an ever-growing prison system.  That is, unless that child – now a broken adult – faces the death penalty for their crimes.  Often times – and not always, but too often for comfort – those same pro-lifers, who rally for the life of the unborn, are there to rally for the death of the long-born and living.  That is not to say that all pro-lifers are hypocritically pro-death penalty; they are not.  Yet none can deny that there are a large number of pro-lifers whose value for actual life seems to be rather shaky.  They decry the death of a fetus – argumentatively and possibly not yet alive (I am not going to venture into that debate) – yet shoot at or plant bombs to harm or kill abortion doctors.  Some are vehement pro-death penalty, which is something I can never quite wrap my mind around; how can you hold one life over another, unborn or born, yet to take its first breath or breathing for many years?  What is, truly, the difference?  Is not a life, a life?

President Obama has been lambasted for being the "Most Pro-Abortion President Ever".  Though he supports choice, he has worked diligently in his short time in office to expand programs that would lower the rate of abortions.  Abortion is not always the answer.  Hopefully, it is only rarely so.  Yet there are times when it is the only viable option and - for those times - the choice should be available.  In agreeing with President Obama on this issue, I take the stance that no one wants an abortion to happen.  I believe many pro-lifers fail to realize this important fact.  Even as pro-choice, all of us want to eliminate the need for any abortion.  That would be the ultimate; that would the greatest joy and end to the conflict for all involved.  Yet that is, sadly, not the world in which we presently live.

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