A brief political aside
As a little break from the talk blog entries, I wanted to post this exchange I had yesterday with a blog reader. It's related to the election, so now's the time to discuss. I hope everyone will weigh in with comments! This is a "reasoning together" blog, after all. (But, as always, be sure to keep the commentary respectful.)
With one of the Presidential candidates so openly pro-abortion, should those of us who know that God is the indestructable life of all consider that to be an important issue when we make our choice ?
I value your insight on these serious questions.
Hi, ____! I'm glad you wrote.
I don't know that any candidate is "pro-abortion," although some might be "pro-choice." No one I know is pro-abortion -- that would mean they actively seek to talk people into having abortions even if they don’t want them. To me, abortion is the unfortunate symptom of a much larger problem, that of unwanted pregnancies. To me, the real shame is that pregnancies occur when they are unwanted. This is on the human scene, of course. Every individual is wanted, in fact created, by God.
I myself chose to have the child when I became pregnant out of wedlock, but I don't think I can tell other women what to do in that circumstance. I was enormously fortunate in that I already had a college degree and was in my late twenties. And it has been plenty hard for me to raise this child by myself. For women without my advantages, having and raising a child might be too crushing for them to face. I cannot make that decision for them, nor do I want the government to make that decision for them.
What I'm most wanting from our leaders is a demonstrated caring for children from delivery onward, through childhood, with strong education and equal opportunities even for those who are not of the majority or who come from disadvantaged circumstances. To be honest, I think that's a bigger issue than abortion. There are so many children doing without in our country. I support the candidates who are committed to doing something about that. If our society could show a deeper commitment to the children we already have, it might make the choice to have a child easier on women, since they would be more assured that their child would have a good life.
But that's just me. People of goodwill will disagree with me, and I can respect that.
Please feel free to comment directly on my blog if you like, I'm sure others will respond! Or, I could share this entire exchange on there (while keeping you anonymous), just to see what people say. Would that be okay with you?
Thank you for your well written, thought out response. However, I still think it makes too much of a case for abdication of responsibility for the "least among us."
I am a 67 year old woman in rather good health, caring for a 75 year old husband with many health problems. Would I get a pass if I just stop giving him food and drink because some days I would rather do other things? More "important" things? I think the solutions to the challenges we face MUST always include everyone in the equation. Isn't it a very slippery slope if we don't? Is it an individual choice to obey traffic lights?
Please do feel free to open this up for a huge discussion.
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