Abortion, Its Impact on My Life, and a Smattering of Politics Thrown in for Good MeasureOctober 19, 2007
First, let me say that, as a Christian, I believe that abortion is murder, it is the killing of an innocent child, and it is therefore capital w Wrong. I have never — would never — have an abortion. However, I cannot say that abortion has never touched my life.
In 1985, when I was halfway through my freshman year in college, I thought I might be pregnant. I was terrified at the thought. I firmly decided, selfish and atheistic fool that I was, that I would have an abortion if I took a pregnancy test and it came back positive. Fortunately, my “morning sickness” turned out to be a bad turkey sandwich, and my period showed up within a day or so to confirm that I was not pregnant. I am so thankful that I didn’t have to face that decision or live with its consequences.
In 1987 (or thereabouts), my dad received a phone call from the mother of a girl in my brother’s high school class. She was pregnant, and my brother was responsible. The girl’s mom wanted my dad to foot the bill for the abortion of what would have been his first grandchild and my first niece or nephew. He did. I often think about that child, and wonder if my brother does the same.
In 1999, a coworker and friend of mine got pregnant. Her boyfriend basically wanted nothing to do with her after he found out (he’d always been a loser) and wanted her to have an abortion. Because her first pregnancy nearly killed her, and she was struggling to support her son by herself as it was, she decided to succumb to her boyfriend’s pressure to “get rid of it.” I drove her to the abortion clinic, something that I have regretted ever since I got saved. I saw first hand the impact that her decision had on her. She had a mental breakdown in the days and weeks that followed, hearing babies crying when there were none around, suffering from depression, and losing her appetite for days at a time.
On February 4, 2000, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Later that year, a woman on the fringe of our social circle who was married with one child already got pregnant. She decided to have an abortion, she said, because she just didn’t want to have a child right then. To me, this was incomprehensible and beyond vile. I just didn’t understand, although it began to make more sense when her husband alleged that she had been having an affair. Perhaps the unborn child was not her husband’s, but that was not a justifiable reason for killing it.
So, that is a brief history of my experiences with abortion. Moving on to current events…
Many people think that if one is a Christian, then abortion is the only issue one cares about and that one must therefore vote Republican.
Well, I am a Christian and I do care about abortion, but I care about other things too. I most often don’t vote Republican. Why, you may ask?
- Well, for one thing, I’m not registered as a Republican. As a result, I don’t get to vote in the Republican primaries. (No biggie. Not much exciting ever happens in the primaries anyway.)
- Just a few years ago, we went through a period where the Supreme Court was dominated by conservative judges, a Republican president occupied the White House, and both houses of Congress were Republican-controlled. With all of the proverbial pro-life ducks in a row to change the abortion laws in this country, what happened? Absolutely nothing. So why vow loyalty to an entire political party because of its stand on a single issue when they will not take any action on that issue?
- One of the issues I do care deeply about is protecting the environment. Not in a tree hugging, nature worshiping kind of way, but in a practical, let’s not assume we have unlimited natural resources kind of way. Euphemistically speaking, the Republican stand on environmental issues is not the best.
- I don’t have a lot of money. Most months, we’re figuring out how to make ends meet with just one income and some eBay money on the side. The Republican party tends to look after the folks with the deepest pockets. I don’t think that I will ever fall into that category.
I am not a Republican. But that doesn’t mean I’m a liberal, either.