We have a blazing hot on-going controversy about a “woman’s right to choose” recently exacerbated by our Governor and his assertions that seemingly endorse infanticide while making animal cruelty a felony.
This will continue to be a major element of the DNC platform for 2020 elections.
I have thought about this issue, carefully considered the arguments for abortion as being a good alternative for society, et al, and see this to be an important issue, very complicated, and to not be cavalierly dismissed as irrelevant or simply a political talking point.
My opinions, and the basis for them, have changed radically over time.
I had some very strong convictions about this issue when I was in Graduate School at Berkeley. I have since talked with many people I trust and respect, learned much, and thought carefully about this.
Today I agree with the medical community, Planned Parenthood, courts, atheists, and religionists alike that life begins at conception.
That recent publicly published assertion is now undisputed.
I am unable to disagree.
Therefore, this abortion issue is not simply about removing a blob of unwanted fetal tissue, such as a tumor or wart — that by simply choosing it can easily be destroyed.
I have come to the place where I believe that the core issue underlying “abortion” is not about ‘women’s right to choose’: of course, it is indeed a woman’s full right to determine what she does with her own body!
Kindly understand that I am not about to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body (and its parts) — that is solely her decision.
Who am I, or anyone else, to tell her what to do?
Please consider that “abortion” simply is not just about affordability, convenience, or lifestyle; nor is it only a political position.
It is a moral issue.
The truth of the matter is that the core issue is the sanctity of life.
What is the value of life?
Is there such a thing as human dignity?
The bottom line is that the underlying root of it all is the morality of the sanctity of life. Is that not truly a moral issue to wrestle with?
And that applies to euthanasia as well as to the unborn.
Deal with this as you choose — I certainly won’t judge!
But as for me, today I choose to believe in the intrinsic value of life.
My conscience demands me to subscribe to the values associated with believing in the sanctity of life — at its core, abortion truly is a moral issue. It is firmly rooted in one’s views about the sanctity of life.
And it is impossible to say that issue does not apply to both abortion and euthanasia.
If you believe the Bible, you need to consider Psalm 139:13: “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” Consider the 6th Commandment.
I’m not preaching at you — simply articulating how my views have evolved over time.
Intellectual honesty simply requires — ethically, philosophically, medically, socially, morally, politically, emotionally, and spiritually — acknowledgement that abortion, infanticide, neonaticide, and euthanasia actually is murder.
So, to kill someone is to murder them.
I say to you: “Deal with it as your conscience compels you to”.
I will not judge your conclusions and viewpoints. But I do ask you to set aside the politics and carefully consider the real issue.