Oh, I knew I’d regret getting involved in this…
The abortion is the major issue only in the sense that it’s the tough, awful, obscene choice confronting good people as to what’s the best to do. I doubt the most hardened loser doesn’t on some level agonize over this. There just isn’t a huge market out there for recreational abortions.
It always hurts, and the parties involved do not undertake the loss and the waste lightly. To assume they do is to belittle their pain. But that all begs the question: WHO WILL RAISE THE CHILD?
Before anyone invokes comfy platitudes, take a good long look at the realities of adoption. It’s awful, it’s wrong but it’s real: children of mixed race, developmental problems and/or older than the age of “cuteness” are rarely adopted. Children of abandoned families are rarely adopted and allowed to grow up with their siblings.
Kids aren’t theories, or policies. They’re living human beings who get thrown away, not because of anything they’ve done, but because it takes YEARS and EFFORT and SACRIFICE to rear them. Birth is easy, but rearing a child, well, that’s a miracle.
Until someone finds a solution to this waste of people, through abortion or kids thrown away, it will continue. It’s a failure of hope and heart and maturity. But it’s real, and anyone who condenses it into convenient platitudes belittles the human pain.
But *children are not theoretical"! A child, any child, needs at least a decade and a half solid committment of care, sacrifice and love to raise. Until that crucial question is answered, the problem will remain:
Who will raise the child?