I read an article which I found from several link-to-link clicks, originating on Facebook.
It was called: The Half Abortion
This article details the phenomenon of aborting one twin and keeping the other, and includes several accounts of different women and their reasons for aborting half of their twins.
I read four paragraphs in and got sick to my stomach. Here is paragraph #4:
“If I had conceived these twins naturally, I wouldn’t have reduced this pregnancy, because you feel like if there’s a natural order, then you don’t want to disturb it. But we created this child in such an artificial manner — in a test tube, choosing an egg donor, having the embryo placed in me — and somehow, making a decision about how many to carry seemed to be just another choice. The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control.”
A few weeks ago, I read an article (alas, I can’t find the link) that was written by formerly pro-choice woman. She described how her experience of the pro-choice movement involved so much disinformation, and mostly the LACK of information, regarding the health consequences of abortion, and the facts about the baby’s development in the womb. She concluded that pro-choice was simply an effort to legally, callously avoid any consequences for as much irresponsible sexual behavior as desired.
After reading the half abortion article, and the litany of excuses given by women who chose it, I can only conclude that the vast majority of people are as follows:
1. Control freaks, except when they aren’t. They’re willing to get pregnant, but only if they know EXACTLY what’s going to happen. In other words, they’ll throw caution to the wind, hoping that those odds don’t come back to haunt them.
2. Careless and irresponsible. They want things on their terms ONLY. I want to get pregnant my way, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make the world bend to my will. Or, forget the possible outcomes, like a baby, or TWO… I want sex, and I want it my way and with my rules, and I don’t want protection or contraception or, God forbid, the absence of sex altogether. I want raw, unprotected sex and even if I get pregnant it doesn’t matter because I’ve convinced myself that “terminating a pregnancy” isn’t the same as “killing a child.”
I believe that in California there is a law which protects sea turtle eggs on the beach, and if you are caught destroying them you could face hefty fines. You see, people assume that if a sea turtle egg is left to its own, and there isn’t an “act of God” that crushes the eggs, they will, indeed, hatch and become living, breathing, sea turtles.
But people have convinced themselves that a fertilized human embryo is somehow different.
Let’s FACE IT: When a sperm and egg meet, it starts a process that, left to its own, and without any “acts of God” to interrupt it, WILL develop into a living, breathing, human baby with a brain, a beating heart, and with conscious thoughts of his/her own.
So you can be fined for crushing a sea turtle egg, but not the living human inside a woman’s uterus.
As a man writing this, I know I will get a lot of bad rub from the “Women’s health is at risk” crowd, but women’s health issues are the small minority of cases of abortions.
One commented on this site said: “I love abortion because as a service, it provides women with the ability to self-determine the course of their lives (precisely the reason the anti-choicers hate abortion).“
— Really? Anti-choicers? Because my life is bent toward denying people the right to choose their own fate? Just to clarify, this includes the fate of the baby whose life you’re ending, right? But you’ve defined “LIFE” differently to yourself to justify your own selfishness.
Another commented: “I am so DONE with apologizing for who I am and my desire to have sexual relationships with more than one person.“
— WHAT? This is just an embrace of lack of self-control. As if to have sex with only ONE person at a time is the worst choice anyone will ever make…
My point is that we’ve so deceived ourselves into a false way of thinking in American culture that we can just HAVE things the way we WANT. As if we are the masters of the world, free to bend every detail to our will. We just can’t continue this way. It’s wrong every way you think about it.
Let’s all please make informed decisions, decisions that originate from a desire to protect human life, and not our own convenience.
AFTERWORD: A side note to women who have had abortions in the past and are struggling with their past decision. Please seek counseling, preferably from a Christian source. There is forgiveness and healing. There is recovery, and there is hope. I promise.