Abortion and compassion

As noted in the preceding post, yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The ideological conflict between those who emphasize the value of the life of human fetuses killed by abortion and those who focus on the value of autonomous choice for women continues as strong as ever. Those of us who have a strong conviction of the value of every human life and care for those on the edges of society grieve over the millions of lives that have been lost to abortion over the past 40 years. Those who focus on the ability of women to make their own choices are not fully satisfied because they see restrictions being put up to try to influence women’s decisions by those who focus on the value of the fetus’s life.

Of all the responses to legal abortion over the last 40 years the most positive has been by those who choose to express their care for both the women who face pregnancy in difficult circumstances that cause them to consider abortion and also for the children being carried by those women. They have shown that we do not need to side only with the fetus or only with the mother, but that we can have compassion on them both. That is the best approach to abortion. I want to express my appreciation to all those who have served women with difficult pregnancies in crisis pregnancy centers across our nation. You have shown us what real love is all about.

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