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The Right to Life – or Not

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The Issue: When did a person’s stance on abortion become such a pivotal part of a person’s salvation? It seems to me that these days, if you want to be seen as a “good Christian,” you will join this Right to Life movement. Let me make one thing clear: I do not like abortion. I would never ever have one. But here’s where I differ from others. I am not going to parade my opinion around like a badge of honor when I know there are women around me who have had abortions and need to be loved. What kind of love is it preaching to people when my political opinions keep people from knowing that I (and most importantly God) love them? How can I be a “good Christian” if a person doesn’t feel like she can talk to me about some of the most intimate details of her life? It doesn’t make any sense. There is no condemnation for those who love Jesus. It isn’t my job to condemn people. It’s my job to love people no matter where they’ve been or what they’ve done. In the end my opinion doesn’t matter. And neither does yours.

What needs to happen (and what the “Christians” should be responsible for): The shame needs to be taken out of the equation so that these women, who have been through horrible circumstances, can get counseling. I believe in area pregnancy service organizations that provide information about parenting, prenatal health, and breastfeeding. I also believe that if a mother has aborted her baby, no matter the reason, that she should be allowed to receive spiritual and emotional counseling as she tries to move on with her life after the ordeal. None of it is pleasant, but sometimes life isn’t pleasant. Sometimes people are forced into making decisions they would never imagine making for themselves. And they are the ones who have to live with it. And parading outside clinics screaming about fiery hells and damnation isn’t going to help anyone.

My request: Please stop for one second and try to have compassion. Think about what Jesus would truly do. I can guarantee you that no matter what, he would love her.


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