A Conversation with My Daughter on Roe vs Wade
My daughter said to me, “I know you are not a Republican, but do you think we should end Roe vs. Wade?” I said, “Neither do I wear the name tag of Democrat or Independent, but I must make a choice to vote. Yes, Roe vs Wade should be overturned; it is a scourge on the soul of the nation.” She went berserk! (You may have the same response reading this). After calming herself, she said, “that was not your position, when did you change?”
I am glad you ask, I said. I was struggling with the issue long before you came into this world. I have five reasons for the change, so hear me out. Trust me, any argument you advance to justify abortion, I have thought about them on the post-graduate level, but my answer is simple for even a first grader. I will not use the usual technical arguments.
But first, let me say two things: 1) I am not a political person; I am a preacher, I represent God to people and people to God who created humans in His own image and likeness. I believe in the sanctity of life. 2) God does not condemn people who have had an abortion; He forgives. Neither do I condemn; I help people work through their struggle to overcome shame and guilt. Now hear my points.
#1 To Me Abortion is as Solution of Convenience
Abortion is used as a convenient way to deal with human sexuality and unwanted pregnancy. We have enjoined abortion to healthcare to make it more acceptable, but it has nothing to do with healthcare or control over a woman’s body. That is the popular lie and fiction we have been pressured to believe, even broadcast media talking heads buy into and promote the fiction to keep their job positions.
#2 The Notion that the Unborn is not Person or Human Being
If the unborn is not human, what is it? Potential human? I thought everything produces after its kind; corn produces corn, orange produces orange, dogs produce dogs, cat produces cat, humans produce humans. This is less than biology 101; you do not need a college degree to figure out this. I am yet to see a woman pregnant with anything other than a human being, and even if you fine one or two cases, it is an anomaly.
#3 Abortion A Product of Our Throw-Away Culture of Death
We like to throw away things; we throw away spouses and that is why the divorce rate is so high, the family institution broken, and children suffer. We throw away the elderly and now the unborn. It is the same attitude we bring to gun control, the killing machines in our streets. Life has become expendable. Abortion other than to save the mother’s life and to mitigate the violence of rape is a scourge on the nation’s soul. It is barbaric, not worthy of a civilize nation. It should end and we work aggressively for a better solution.
#4 The healthcare, control over a woman’s body argument.
A pregnant woman needs healthcare, but abortion is not healthcare. This I have already label a lie and popular fiction. The common expression that abortion is between a woman and her doctor is also another fiction. Or I should say, really?
If a woman can get pregnant all by herself, then that would make sense. The reality is a woman’s FULL control of her body ends when she gets pregnant. She has full control of her sexuality. If she is raped, that is a crime. Whether she married or unmarried, she did not get pregnant by herself. The law should be adjusted to hold the man responsible from the time of pregnancy forward. He can’t just walk away; the law should hold his feet to the fire!
#5 Abortion is Allowed Because We Lack the Political Will to Work for a Better Solution
As a nation, we approve hundreds of billions of dollars for defense, USAID to countries around the world, and numerous other projects. The United States have some of the best institutions of learning on the earth, and we cannot come up with a solution to the abortion scourge? It is not a matter of financial resources; it is a lack of political will.
The nation has the economic resources to take care of our women, defend the unborn, and end the scourge of abortion. Any argument to the contrary is an argument of death. All we need is the political will for a better solution.
I did not change my daughter’s mind and perhaps, I did not change yours either. But I was not trying to change my daughter’s mind; it was a conversation, and I presented my conviction on the matter. It is the one I can live with and the one that best speaks for the person I represent.