As some of you may know my postings, I came from pro-life to pro-choice through my walk of faith in Christ, and what I believe He showed me. Before that I was so sure that of my position as the obvious choice of God. I believe that blinded me to the harm pro-life position does, forcing women to live with shame and heavy burdens that were never theirs to carry, but cause by those who imposed the shame, and called women baby murderers - including myself. In that I found God was showing me that I was the murderer.
Anyway, one argument I have heard is the fetus is simply tissue that is being removed. Before yesterday I didn’t understand that and just took it as an excuse to hide the truth of what one was doing. It sounds nice and ‘if that’s what you need to believe so you can get on with your life’ type of stuff.
But it finally clicked as a valid (and I believe correct) point of view. It’s the woman’s body entering a reproductive phase which can be interrupted medically, and thus is a choice a woman in modern society should have. For the first time that makes sense.
I say this to let people know that perspectives can be so different and it is so easy to dismiss someone else’s point on the basis of what I stated in my second paragraph and even conclude that they need to believe that in order to live with themselves.
Just for completeness, at this time this is how I make sense of it - not that I have all the answers. I do believe that Christ has shown me my error, though that does not mean he showed me everything about it. With that said this is how I make sense of it now:I feel that the ‘baby’ is a living soul/being but not in this world, nor subject to the rules and laws and spiritual laws that this world has - and thus can not be murdered either, the body is being made for the baby to inhabit, and can try it out to some degree and should to get a taste for this world, but really is in a place with God (biblically ‘secret place underground’ - Job, ‘from the dust you were created’ - Genesis). Where that soul gets bonded to the body I’m not sure but I would suspect it would be somewhere at birth, or separation from the mother, and may even be an action/decision of the baby. If ended before that happens, the baby is just taken home by God, no death, pain or anything (again not subject to this world’s stuff), just as Paul writes about those who Christ will come for. On the baby side it’s really a happy moment. I also feel that God knew that abortion would be such a pressing issue that He, in His wisdom didn’t even give us a choice in the fate of the baby, making a mockery of the way we are going about it.