Let me say that as a Christian I am unequivocally pro-life. I am FOR life. All of it. All the time. Preserving it; and making it better. Unlike other pro-life Christians I vote pro choice, and here is why…
The greatest opponent that abortion has ever seen, quite possibly could be, Mother Teresa. She is the unprecedented champion of life. Not even Bill Clinton would oppose her face to face when she spoke against abortion… why wouldn’t he? Because she lived it.
She took vows of poverty and celibacy to serve the orphans in Calcutta. She raised thousands of the poorest, most disease-ridden, unwanted children in the world as her own.
I wouldn’t do that.
I can admit it.
And when I look back at my life, back to the time when I spoke against the horrors of abortion with the best of them, I realize that what I was actually doing was putting the blame on someone else. When we use our voices to oppose abortion without doing anything concrete for the 143,000,000 orphans in the world we become hypocrites and pharisees.
In the United States…
- Over 70% of women who receive abortions do so because they don’t have the money to provide for a child
- 45% of women who receive abortions are single women
- 75% of all abortions are from women ages 13-29
- 65% of women receiving an abortion are Protestant (37%) and Catholic (28%)
- From 2000-2008 abortions increased 18% among poor women
- From 2000-2008 abortions decreased 28% among women with a high-income
…and when you combine these statistics with the numbers on unintended pregnancies…
- 50% of ALL pregnancies are unintended
- 40% of unintended pregnancies end in abortion
- From 1994-2006 unintended pregnancies increased 50% among poor women
- From 1994-2006 unintended pregnancies dropped 29% among women with a high-income*
…we can start to see some connections.
Most women who receive abortions are young, poor, Christian women who unintentionally got pregnant and lack the support system to care for a child.
These are the women who God consistently advocates for.
Abortion is a moral issue, but not in the way that most people would have you believe. In the United States abortion is so interbred with poverty that it is not an indictment of parents who choose abortion, but an indictment of the people who have the ability to help and choose not to!
Many people in church on Sunday morning are willing to use money for a billboard that opposes abortion, but very few are willing to pay the taxes to support social programs for young, poor, single mothers.
We are opposing abortions, rather than encouraging life. We are condemning rather than saving.
Jesus came into the world to save it, not to condemn it (John 3:16-17). So why do we advocate for an increase of criminalization and condemnation rather than ways to help parents?
For the answer, I can’t help but look at John 3:20, “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”
When we criminalize abortion and condemn those who practice it, we take the blame off of ourselves and place it squarely on the shoulders of people we don’t need to associate with. In essence, we hide ourselves in darkness while exposing others. We are using the opposite approach of the man we claim to imitate…
I vote pro-choice because I cannot condemn someone who I am not willing to help myself; and until the Church removes the log from its own eye, it shouldn’t be trying to remove the speck in everyone else’s.
*All statistics taken from guttmacher.org