I’ve got to be honest; the “Religious Right” has disappointed me again with their attacks on President Obama over “Roe v. Wade.” They have vilified and criticized him for being a “baby-killer” because he showed a sign of appreciation for the decision to give women the freedom to choose whether or not to go through with a pregnancy.
For the record I am pro-life. Pro-life in that I believe in the preservation of life; whether that be plant, animal, or human. While, every situation is personal and individualized, in most cases I would go out of my way to preserve life. Given my lack of personal or intimate experience with abortion I do not see myself as fit to comment on the topic itself aside from what I have just mentioned. If there was any way in which I could help a mother choose to carry her fetus to term rather than aborting it I would do that, but I will not fault her or condemn her for making a different decision.
Where my frustration enters the equation is not over the protests of the Presidents comments, but of the lack of affirmation and support given to them.
The protests, like the President’s support, are political. In his statement President Obama comments on his support being about protecting Constitutional rights; which is one of his fiduciary duties as the President. As citizens, anyone has the freedom to assemble and protest any political actions or in-actions (like attempting to repeal said court ruling). I will not fault either side for those actions.
Where I will fault Christians is the choice to protest something that we cannot change (the President’s beliefs) rather than joining with him on something we do agree with… finding and eliminating the root cause of unwanted pregnancies.
“While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue — no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.” -President Barack Obama
Why is that part of the speech not addressed by this community of believers!? That is what we are really after, isn’t it? Not that women be FORCED to choose to keep the baby, but that women WANT to keep the baby.
Why can’t we put away our petty differences and work towards this goal? Why do we have to cause more stress and pressure for women considering abortion than helping relieve it? Why do we push women who have had abortions in the past, or that would do it again out of the Church? Why do we always choose division over unity? It is so unlike our Christ.
So please “religious right,” listen to my appeal. It is one thing to HAVE strong Christian morals, it is a completely different thing to LIVE strong Christian morals. Let’s not be dragged down by political partisanship. Let’s work along-side our President to achieve COMMON goals, preventing unwanted pregnancies, reducing the need for abortion, encouraging healthy relationships, promoting adoption (I once heard if every “Christian family” in the United States adopted 1-2 children there would be no orphans here! How rad would that witness be?), and most importantly supporting pregnant women and mothers!