We had an interesting experience with 40daysforlife.com at the Planned Parenthood on Babcock Rd. today. The boyfriend of one of their clients decided to stand with us holding up a pink “Pro-Choice” sign he made on the spot. I was friendly with him but about all I could get out of him was his name. He wouldn’t even shake my hand because he said he was too busy holding his sign. Funny thing I was holding my seven month old baby boy and was able to extend a hand to greet him. I think my baby made him pretty uncomfortable because he kept his back to me and left soon after.
If he had been more friendly I was wishing I could ask him some simple questions, mostly out of curiosity for his strong position. At the top of my mind was “Where do you draw the line?”
I would guess many different people would draw the abort-able line at many different places during a pregnancy: at 2 weeks, at 8 weeks, at the 1st 2nd or 3rd trimester, or at birth. I was wondering if he was possibly one that would support those lobbying post-birth abortion. If Pro-Choice advocates were truly consistent they should support the choice of a parent to get rid of a dependent at any age they became unwanted or too much of a burden.
I have the same question for those that proclaim themselves Pro-Life: “Where do you draw the line?”
I would guess some who call themselves Pro-Life would support ending a very early pregnancy or make special provisions for rape, incest, or medical opinions. Many more would support ending it before implantation by methods like “the pill” which is interestingly an abortifacient: a substance or device used to induce abortion. Many more would draw the line at conception when a life physically begins.
All the lines above are arbitrary. They are all based on random choice or personal whim.
The Pro-Choice and the Pro-Life have very much the same goal: fewer children and only when they want them. The Pro-Choice and the Pro-Life are sitting in the same boat, rowing to the same destination, arguing how they paddle is so much better than the other.
The Pro-Life are not really very much in favor of life, or they would be having more children. Drawing a line at conception so they can with righteous indignation condemn the Pro-Choice draws attention away from and makes them feel better about their own choices. It also earns them the title of Hypocrite. As long as the so-called Pro-Life reject children and embrace birth control they will have no firm ground on which to condemn abortion which in essence is simply the ugliest form of birth control.
To be truly consistent and actually Pro-Life the line should not be drawn at all. “When does life begin?” is the wrong question and a distraction from the truth that children are a blessing.
Everyone who is called by the name of Christ would do well to heed His teachings:
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…”
“Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body…”
“You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you…”
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward…”
“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged…”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them…”
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones…”
“Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in my name, receiveth me…”