Abortion

People sometimes ask, "What if your mother would have aborted you?'  The question doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. My response is often, "I would never have known.  I had no ability to sense anything." (before around 23 weeks)

Further, why would I want to put my mother in the position without a choice?  Why would I want to do that to her?

As divisive an issue as this often is purported to be, people have often very nuanced views.  For instance, only 18% of Democrats think abortion should generally be legal in the third trimester and 42% of Republicans think abortion should generally be legal in the first trimester according to a 2018 Gallup Poll.  Although these attitudes have been relatively stable the last 30 or 40 years, some of the rhetoric has become much more supercharged.

 

From What Does the Bible Actually Say about Abortion?:

"In 1968, for example, a meeting held by the Christian Medical Society and the highly influential evangelical magazine Christianity Today concluded that abortion had to be considered in the light of “individual health, family welfare, and social responsibility,” and the organizers refused to describe abortion as sinful. Three years later, the Southern Baptist Convention, perhaps the most important conservative denomination in North America, passed a resolution calling on “Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother.” The reference to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the woman carrying the fetus leaves the door wide open to abortion rights. It also makes the exponential growth of radical opposition to abortion within evangelical Christianity seem extremely contemporary."

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Interview with my mom
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