Pastor’s Pen_June 26, 2022

The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V Wade has sent our nation into a tailspin. Roe V Wade granted constitutional protection for any woman seeking an abortion. Although nearly fifty years ago, the High Court made this pro-choice decision that has stood the test of time. With this recent judgment, the Court has ended a woman’s right to abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. In their testimony and meetings with Sen. Susan Collins for a position on the Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were insistent that Justices should not overturn established law blithely, though they did just the opposite when the Court overturned Roe V Wade in Friday’s decision. Sen. Collins, by all accounts, is outraged and feels betrayed.

A woman’s right to abortion puts many of us in a difficult position. I do not support abortion on demand. I do not believe abortion should be used for birth control. However, I’m very uncomfortable being on the side of right-wingers who have made abortion the litmus test for morality, truth, and righteousness. It is a far deeper issue than many understand. Radical right wingers blow up abortion clinics and ambush and kill doctors who provide abortions. However, when a child is born, those same conservatives are entirely opposed to adequate and affordable childcare, complete medical coverage, and living wages that prevent children from growing up in poverty. They also do little to make pre-natal care and health care affordable for the working poor. Further, a child raised with inadequate schools, unchecked violence, and increasing drug abuse will often end up in prison. If a violent felony causes someone to lose their life, the same people who fought so assiduously to prevent abortion will now clamor for the death penalty to end the life of the one who they fought to keep from being aborted.

If we are indeed pro-life advocates, we should live it from the cradle to the grave. I believe that Christian people who try to live moral lives should not pick and choose the issues they will or will not support. If one is pro-life, one should be equally determined to end anti-life traumas such as poverty, violence, and drug abuse. We must start with working to alter a society that promotes violence and sex as entertainment and deem activities such as reading and watching good drama or religious programming as boring!!! We can never stop abortion if we do not view all life as given by God to be honored and celebrated. All the Supreme Court has accomplished is to drive pregnant women to back alleys with clothes hangers and witch doctoring on demand!

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