Here are some interesting words from someone who, it would seem, should have a more respecful view of unborn children than she appears to. The blog is called "Oh My God, That Britney's Shameless:
In honor of the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I want to share a few things that I think are important. I want to repost the words of Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, which I've posted before, because I think they're amazing.
"Let’s be very clear about this: when a woman finds herself pregnant due to violence and chooses an abortion, it is the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
When a woman finds that the fetus she is carrying has anomalies incompatible with life, that it will not live and that she requires an abortion — often a late-term abortion — to protect her life, her health, or her fertility, it is the shattering of her hopes and dreams for that pregnancy that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing.
When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing.
And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion — there is not a tragedy in sight — only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.
These are the two things I want you, please, to remember — abortion is a blessing and our work is not done."
I have a few questions to ask about this, first regarding the words of the so-called "reverend".
1. Why is the ending of an innocent life a blessing?
2. Why is it not a tragedy to think about the potential life that was lost? That child could have cured cancer, or AIDS, or any number of other social diseases that plague today.
3. Is it the baby's fault that it was conceived as a result of a violent act? If not, why is the baby the one to pay the price?
4. What do you mean exactly by "anomolies incompatible with life?" And let's call late-term abortion what it is: Partial birth. Would you deny your own child the right to live if it had such "anomolies" as Down Syndrome or Cerebral Paulsy? I have CP in my left leg, rendering it shorter than my right. Should I have been aborted as a child? And if so,who has the right to decide whether I should have been?
5. Why is government and "social programs" the only solution to women who live in poverty? Why are we not focusing more on the two parent family? Why is the idea of a mother/father household frowned upon?
6. As to the final paragraph, isn't it a tragedy that that potential human being was denied his right to live as a part of that loving and respectful relationship?
7. On a final note, I do agree that women deserve better (in regards to the poetry) however, what does "better" mean? Does it mean they deserve to be treated as equals in society in terms of potential and capability? Or does it mean that a woman should be allowed to end the life of a potential human being on a whim, simply as a matter of her own convenience?