God, they say, is against abortion. Here is a two-part response to this pressing dilemma:
1. This used to bother me, even as I continue to wax and wane in my spiritual beliefs, but it doesn’t anymore. This is because I’ve learned to recognize the fact that the “godly” utopia that religious fundies of stripes push on us has never existed, and will never exist, on this earth. The laws of the world are not the laws of God. Not that abortion is even included in “God’s Law,” especially if you’re a Christian. The prohibition against abortion was made by the Church. It’s interpretive.
God does not define women solely on the basis of their reproductive potential. A society that bans abortion, however, does. Because God and society are two separate entities; the people who wish to ban abortion want to merge the two. They are afraid of the realities of life on this earth – the idea that if women have babies not because they want babies, but because the STATE tells them they must, women will, once again, cease to be viewed as human beings by law.
How many of these idealists (and i use the term loosely) are interested in taking a teenage, unwed mother into their home, and not just for a few days? How many of them are committed to babysitting a single mother’s kids, and not just once every few months, whenever the mood strikes them…? Even if the majority of them did this today, tomorrow, right this second – it wouldn’t be an argument for banning abortion. It might be an argument for respecting their position, though, and I am all about respect. I want to respect others, but they continue to spit in my face and in the faces of those like me.
Of course, these are not logical arguments – there is nothing remotely logical about God (or Gods or gods, for that matter), our belief in God, our worship of God, from Christianity to those who still worship the deities at Mt Olympus. I wish more people would see this.
2. God is against abortion – yet it would appear that She is the world’s greatest abortionist. 25% of pregnancies are naturally rejected by the body at an early stage, the same stage that, fundies argue, the fetus is already a “human being.” It’s is natural, not unnatural for a woman’s body to reject a pregnancy. The problem only arises when a woman decides to reject a pregnancy. Which is really weird – because her health (both physical and emotional), and her economic situation – are both natural factors that contribute to the situation.
So we are left with the idea that throughout the entire pregnancy – what’s growing inside the woman is a human being. Which is really interesting because if I’ve ever gotten pregnant and didn’t even know about it before my body said NO (which can happen, more often than you’d think) – a human being passed in and out of my womb, like a drifter.
It’s a concept that doesn’t sit well with me, both from a religious, scientific, and personal perspective. My body is not a HALFWAY HOUSE, and I refuse to see it as such. When I have MY babies, they are going to be brought into this world as human beings, as people I want to spend time with until the end of my days, not as little buns I pop out because the patriarchy tells me to.
Of course, none of the above matters if you’re for the separation of church and state.
I speak all about this, knowing that my own parents were told to abort me. They were unmarried, and my mother was worried about some pills she had taken when she did not yet know she was pregnant with me, and everyone screamed abort.
Difference is, my parents wanted to have me.
Would it have been a good idea for me to be born, unwanted, left in an orphanage, in the dying years of the Soviet Empire? I don’t know.
I’m glad I wasn’t bloody forced on my parents, I can tell you that much. I’m glad they chose me. This is why I am pro-choice.