posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 05:36 AM
If you had asked me ten years ago, I would have solidly been in the "Abortion is Murder" camp. I still don't think that abortion is the best choice
in most cases (if for no other reason than the possible psychological damage to the mother), and I still abhor late term abortions. But I am not
nearly as dogmatic about it as I used to be. What happened?
First of all, I began to see that some of the leaders of the Anti-Abortion movement were not acting in love. Let's just say that the attitudes they
portrayed publicly often came across as mean-spirited.
Second, part of the reason I had been so strong against it in the first place was necause of the teachings of the fundamentalist churches I had
attended. I began to get frustrated with some of the things I was seeing and prayed for God to show me the truth... guess what, it led me OUT of that
church and organized religion. I really began to see how they were twisting the scriptures and stringing unrelated verses together, and sometimes
outright lying to come up with their doctrines, most of which are designed to exert cnothrol over the flock. And at some point it dawned on me that
if pastors would lie through their teeth when teaching about tithing (and they do - it was never intended that people should tithe to support a clergy
class) then maybe some of their other doctrines were in place to bring money and power into the church. Suddenly I realized why children are
considered such a blessing - if they are brought up in the church, when they get older it's like they will be among the flock that's paying good
money to hear bad doctrine (if you think I'm being a bit harsh, remember that the only people that Jesus really condemned on a consistent basis were
the religious leaders - what would make you think he'd be any more approving of today's clergy?).
So after I pulled out of fundamentalism and ultimately organized religion altogether, for the first time in my life I fell free of fear and free to
read some things that we were not encouraged to read by the preachers. And one of those was the reports of people who've had near-death experiences
(as found on a few sites devoted to that purpose). Some of these people seemed to come back with stories of what happens prior to birth and one
common tale is that the spirit actually chooses its parents (to learn some particular spiritual lesson), but if things don't go well it's not
actually locked into that body or those parents. So from that standpoint abortion is simply a change in plans (as is miscarriage, which may happen if
the unborn spirit decides the time is not right). That same spirit may come back to the same parents later (apparently that can also happen if a
child dies while very young) or may move on to a completely different life. In any case, on a spiritual level abortion (and death in general) is not
the tragedy we make it out to be. However, and I again emphasize this, it can be very damaging to the psyche of the mother (whether or not she's had
a "religious" upbringing), and also damaging to the doctors and nurses that participate. If even a small part of you believes you have killed a
baby, that can be very damaging TO YOU, and also to those who participated in the abortion process, and to your parents and even extended family. So
I am still generally against it, but the difference is now that I would not lay a guilt trip on women who have already had an abortion, because that
just increases the damage already done (another reason I say the "Pro-Life" people can be quite mean-spirited at time, though not all are).