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In a reflection on the sorry state of women's access to health services, the heartrending story of Jessica and Erick Davis, a young broke couple from Oklahoma who had to borrow several thousand dollars to travel with their three kids to Texas - yes, Texas, currently working hard to eliminate or dramatically limit abortion - to terminate Jessica's male fetus, which had been diagnosed with a fatal brain malformation called holoprosencephaly. The GOP legislature in Oklahoma, which has passed at least 16 laws restricting abortion, prides itself on being the reddest, most "pro-life" state in the country, and has become a kind of staging ground for the anti-abortion movement. Jessica, who tearfully describes having funeral homes mock or turn her away when she asked for "a proper burial" for her fetus, says she acted "so that our son would not suffer.” One blogger blasts her for that view - "Rather than facing up to their evil and seeking divine redemption and forgiveness, they are clothing their actions as thoroughly righteous and merciful" - and many online comments echo him. Some days, our savagery as a species seems to know no bounds.
I have friends that would never choose abortion and I respect that even as I disagree and support them in their beliefs and expect the same respect from them. That is democracy, that is humanity and that, my friends, is Christian.
It's a shame we treat animals better than ourselves.
reply to post by FyreByrd
First of all let me state that I lean towards Libertarianism and believe everyone has the right to do what they choose as long as it doesn't affect others.
However, with Abortion I do have a problem. If I believe it is murder (which I do and not for religious reasons, because I am not religious) how can I sit by with a clean conscience and let it continue? If people are being murdered in camps which were officially condoned by Nazis wouldn't I STILL be complicit in these murders if I did nothing? I see abortion as legalized genocide much like Nazi Germany.
I know this is not a PC belief, but do you see my problem with conscience here? So I sit here and do nothing and feel like crap each time I hear about another murdered baby and feel like a scum because I am complicit and stand by and do nothing.
What would you do if you believed in a live and let live philosophy, but felt as though millions were being murdered while you did nothing?
Anyway, that is what I am dealing with and I have yet to resolve my internal conflict.