Abortion - A Conversation Today
George having a discussion outside with neighbor S, a self-described “Christian
Man” and his wife, with several silent spectators, and briefly with D, a “radical”
who lives in S’s Chicago beachfront condo building
We are in complete
agreement on some issues, abortion not being one of them. “Killing babies” is the simplest way to
explain S and his wife’s position on abortion.
With the exception of young girls and other clear rape, they believe
that women, including young women, should make the rational case of Not having
sexual intercourse, except when they are prepared to give birth to a child. At some points it was referenced in terms of “keeping
her legs closed” or similar.
It is interesting how the
discussion can generally avoid having any direct connection to religion. While religion is not explicitly stated in
this part of the discussion, there is a complete clarity that a particular “Christian
belief system” is – “reality”. One significant Jewish religious position of
recognizing a female person’s right to bodily autonomy, including abortion, is
spoken of as if it was some kind of peculiar oddity, not a serious ethical and
It is most challenging to
Abortion is 100% killing a baby –
This country and its people have no
responsibility to help parents’ responsibilities in the raising of their
Reiterating this point, “pro-life”
– as it relates to abortion being 100% wrong is a totally different issue
from any responsibility of assistance being provided to the parent(s) and/or caregivers
of children. Those who are unwilling or
unable to provide (fully) for their children should not be having sexual
While I try to be respectful
of others’ opinions, I must say that I am troubled by this perspective! In no way do I feel that individuals should
be forbidden from expressing their opinions.
I can not accept, for example,
the statement that one should understand that now, in the period following the
Dobbs Decision, things may be unsettled as people adjust to the new realities.
I see a terrifying world
where poor women and girls, particularly, are no longer (if they ever were)
equal citizens of this country. Death –
from untreated, and mis-treated miscarriages is “murder” caused by those
creating and enforcing many new laws in a majority of U.S. states.