For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pro-choice. I’ve always felt that a woman has a right to do what she wants with her body because, basically, I trust women.
Still, as many of you have seen and have commented on, while I am pro-choice I have always had some reservations, I’ve asked difficult questions, I’ve pushed the envelope. And, honestly, the only people who seem to respond are those who oppose abortion. They are the ones that have been coming back at me with cogent, directed arguments that, frankly, have really been having an impact on me. Indeed, these arguments inspired me recently to go talk to an old friend who has been a Catholic priest for about 30 years now (I am a former Catholic). We had a great conversation about life and death.
This is very hard for me to write but all of this has made me re-think my position on this very difficult issue. I mean, the fact is that at some point it is a baby, at some point you can see the fingers, the toes, the head, the arms. And women – women who took a risk – are scurrying down to the local abortion clinic and killing these living creatures. It just seems all too easy, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, I’ve done a lot of research on adoption and have learned a lot of things that I never knew. There really are long waiting lists of couples that are willing to adopt. Yes, I know that it might be tough for that women to give birth and just hand over her baby but, again, why wasn’t she thinking that when she decided to have unprotected sex?
We all need to take more responsibility in this world. Too many people are taking way too many chances. I mean, c’mon, if you’re gonna have sex, get a condom. If you get pregnant, suck it up, it’s the baby you created and you have to live with the result of your action.
On the other hand, it is April 1. I’ll be back tomorrow in full pro-choice regalia.