February 27, 2006

Roe v. Wade

‘Roe’ Reality Check: The New Abortion Debate - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com: "At the same time, the pro-abortion-rights interest groups are just beginning to grapple with an uncomfortable truth: that many of the million-odd women who have abortions every year are deeply troubled, if not guilt-ridden. "Our patients are not coming to, quote, 'exercise their constitutional rights'," says Claire Keyes, who runs a Pittsburgh abortion clinic. "They want to talk about prayer and forgiveness."

Pro-lifers have tried to force this understanding down people's throats. Unfortunately, people have to live and learn. Deep down those having abortions know this is murder. Call it a fetus, call it whatever you want, it is murder if someone selectively chooses to end the life of an unborn child.

This does not mean that pro-lifers should taunt and humiliate these woman. This does not mean they can never receive forgiveness from God.

Many would say that the guilt is cause by social pressure and outdated religious mores. The problem is that some of the women have no religious background. Besides, where is that line? Where is the line between what is pressured, religious guilt, and an actual conscience? Can someone ever have a truly inner conviction of conscience without there being "religious pressure" involved?

Here is a link to an article about the South Dakota decision.

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