I don’t mean to keep blogging on the issue of abortion, however, it seems to be a hot topic recently.
Saturday marked the 38th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs Wade legal case, in which a Supreme Court decision struck down laws across the nation protecting unborn children.
President Obama’s statement commemorating the anniversary has generally not been well received across the Christian blogosphere, and he’s been charged with uncritically praising the ruling.
Here’s what he said:
Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.
I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.
And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.
David over at Anglican Samizdat made these lucid and blunt observations:
Killing an unborn baby has nothing whatsoever to do with a person fulfilling his or her dreams: for sane married couples, having children is their dream and a career is the means of supporting the dream.
If killing an unborn child is a family matter upon which government should not intrude, infanticide would be too. Obviously this is rubbish since the government’s job is to restrain evil, particularly evil inflicted on the innocent and vulnerable.
The president made his statement as thousands of abortion opponents planned annual March for Life rallies, with many hoping that the new Republican-run U.S. House will enact new restrictions on the practice.
I was recently advised that there’s a subtle difference between “Pro-abortion” and “pro-choice” and as I’d never encountered this before, I asked for an explanation, and this was the response:
I don’t like abortion, but I don’t think anyone with any sense does. But given the heinous depravity of man, I don’t think it should be off the table as an option. I’m not for it, but I am for a woman’s right to make choices about her own body–choices that most people can never fathom, let alone fully comprehend.
That’s where my ambiguity lies. I definitely don’t think it’s a desirable alternative, and I definitely think that it destroys people in both a literal and figurative sense, but there are enough legitimate reasons for it to be available that ruling it out en globo is irrational.
Stuart, there is a real difference between someone who says that laws shouldn’t be enforced in that arena and someone who says that abortion is good for the human race or who actually uses it as a form of birth control.
Is this a legitimate distinction for Christians?
Posted by Stuart James