“Choice” Was Never About Abortion
“Man does not engage the Natural Laws of Life without consequence.”
I’m going to weigh in on the Roe vs Wade controversy, mainly because “Choice” was never about abortion but about women’s freedom to choose in matters pertaining to their health care and their physical body, which includes access to Family Planning services, and abortion if deemed necessary. This right is being taken away from them in our Nation of the “Free and the Brave” causing quite an uproar, and rightly so.
Looking at the current crises created by five Conservative Supreme Court Judges (whose votes to reverse Roe vs Wade are yet to be certified as final), through the freedom of choice lens, there is a pending threat to women’s right to privacy in matters of their procreative functions and futures. Pregnancy is a personal and private matter which the government has no business policing—and that’s what this Supreme Court and state lawmakers are bent on doing.
SEEING THROUGH VARIOUS LENSES
There are several and varying lenses through which one can choose to see this issue besides the partisan political lens, each one soliciting a different emotional and judgmental response. I will consider a few of these lenses . . . and suggest another myself. No matter through what lens one views abortion, by and large the procedure is done to save a life. In this view, abortion is a pro-life choice in likely the majority of cases.
1. There’s the lens of constitutionality. Freedom of choice is guaranteed to the citizens of America by the Constitution Bill of Rights. Through this lens one sees the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs Wade an infringement upon a woman’s right to privacy and autonomy in making decisions about the reproductive functions of her own body.
2. The lens of Planned Parenthood. Through this lens a woman sees the services offered by mislabeled “abortion clinics” as offering safe and healthy services, that include the guidance of a physician and help in planning the size of her family based on various personal factors, including a mutual decision-making process between a couple.
3. The lens of abortion as a criminal act of violence against a “unborn child” and therefore a murderous act punishable by law. The state of Louisiana is trying to pass a bill that makes abortion punishable by death. I will develop this further.
4. The lens of religious morality through which abortion is seen as a sinful act punishable by a righteous God who calls for “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”—basically the death penalty, if not here than hereafter.
5. The lens of child pregnancy due to rape or incest which puts both mother and child at risk. Abortion of the fetus is the only way forward that makes any sense whatsoever on all counts. I include here adult pregnancy due to rape, in which case abortion of the fetus is desirable and necessary for obvious reasons.
6. The lens of viability of the fetus and its development to the stage where it is considered capable of living outside the womb. Through this lens one may rightly question whether or not a “person” is present with the embryo or not. This is the lens I would like to consider.
7. Finally—though not less relevant—there’s the lens of the personal responsibility of men without whom pregnancy cannot occur . . . and who, by and large, leave the woman to manage her pregnancy and to raise their offspring. The ultimate cause of conception, as we know, is the impregnation of the ovum by the male sperm, whether through consensual or forced sex, or by invitro fertilization. Once the ovum is impregnated by the sperm, the Natural Laws of Life are engaged, and there will be consequences for which both partners are responsible to steward together. A friend posted this on Facebook recently:
Mark Hollis: Pregnancy is a matter of personal responsibility. We all know what causes pregnancy. This decision by the US Supreme Court is all about denying the personal responsibility of men for their own actions. I will say this to men who want to deny personal responsibility: For at least 18 years, any woman can sue a man for 1/4 of his salary to raise any child he may have decided he has no responsibility for. We all know how pregnancies occur.
WHEN ABORTION MAY BE CONSIDERED MURDER
It is a medical fact that an embryo becomes a fetus eight weeks after conception and is fully formed with all its limbs and organs, though not fully developed, by the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. This is when I believe a fetus becomes a human being. I rest my belief simply on the basis that a being does not incarnate in a human body until its “house of being” is complete, fully functional, and ready for occupancy—in much the same way that you would not move into your house being built or repaired until the work is complete and your house ready for you to move into it.
I’ve heard a few women comment that they felt an energetic wave like a presence enter their field and abdomen at about the end of their first trimester of pregnancy. The point I wish to consider here is that, up until the point of completion of embryonic development, there is no “person” present in the fetus. What is present is a mass of protoplasm being organized by Life into a human body. From a technical standpoint, an abortion of a human fetus before the end of the first trimester is not the killing of a baby and therefore should not be considered a criminal act. It isn’t murder. It is certainly the destruction of a living organism—which deserves to be carried out in a ceremonial atmosphere of dignity and thankfulness, as well as due respect for and honoring of the sacredness of life—but it is not the killing of a person. Someone may take me to task on this perspective, but I cannot see it any other way.
ABORTION IN AN OVERPOPULATED WORLD
When I look at abortion through the lens of an overpopulated world, I run into a conflicted human consciousness. While we want to have children, we are facing global famine due to overpopulation and ecological collapse. So, abortion, which really no one “wants,” can be viewed as contributing to the solution of this problem, as can birth control in any and all forms, which the Catholic Church frowns upon. Beyond the issue of “freedom of choice,” we are facing much more pressing and dire choices. Here we have two problematic events running parallel to one another with one event unintentionally slowing down the progress of the other. There’s a dilemma we don’t seem to know how to face, much less solve. We want and enjoy sex—and we do need to keep propagating our species—while bringing children into this chaotic and toxic dying world seems selfish and unkind, to say the least. On the other hand, while the unfortunate and “necessary evil” of abortion does somewhat stem the tide of the population explosion, the majority of both sexes in the US want free access to it.
This recent “pandemic” may be seen through the same lens, along with the rise in terminal illnesses like cancer and heart disease, as contributing to population reduction. While we don’t want the pandemic hanging around, we were glad to have clean air without smog in our big cities during lockdown. If there’s anything Life seeks to maintain at all cost, it’s balance and homeostasis. This planet can support just so many consumers, especially the voracious consumers we’ve become as a species.
According to the World Health Organization, there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions every year. This corresponds, sadly, to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. It saddens my heart to see these numbers. Yet, in spite of the apparent ongoing escalation in abortions, global human population growth amounts to around 83 million annually, or 1.1% per year. We are a runaway, greedy species that wants what we want at any cost . . . and at the expense of the rest of the species and occupants of this tiny planet. It’s appalling to say the least.
WHEN ABORTION IS PRO-LIFE
I will close with this passionate plea posted on Facebook this past week by Paula Backus under the caption **Trigger Warning**: (A “trigger law” is a law banning abortion that lies dormant in many states and is automatically activated if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs Wade.)
I’m not pro-murdering babies.-
I’m pro-Becky who found out at her 20-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life-sustaining organs.-
I’m pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.-
I’m pro-Leah who found herself in a toxic, emotionally abusive relationship that would in no way support the health, happiness, and vitality of life of the unborn child.-
I’m pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child.-
I’m pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11-year-old body isn’t mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.-
I’m pro-Melissa who’s working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her.-
I’m pro-Brittany who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child.-
I’m pro-Emily who went through IVF, ending up with SIX viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction to ensure the safety of her and a SAFE number of fetuses.-
I’m pro-Jessica who is FINALLY getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is carrying the monster’s child.-
I’m pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after YEARS of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat.-
I’m pro-Lindsay who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager.-
I’m pro-Courtney who just found out she’s already 13 weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding.
You can argue and say that I’m pro-choice all you want, but the truth is: I’m pro-life. Their lives. Women’s lives.
You don’t get to pick and choose which scenarios should be accepted. It’s not about which stories you don’t agree with. It’s about fighting for the women in the stories and the CHOICE that is theirs to make.
Women’s rights are meant to protect ALL women, regardless of their situation!
Overturning Roe does not stop abortions, it stops SAFE abortions!
FROM THE ANGEL’S POINT OF VIEW
I offer yet another lens to look through. The abortion of a human fetus, whether induced or natural, as in miscarriage and stillbirth, has repercussions beyond this physical plane of being. After all, the creation of a human body is the creation of a living temple intended for the incarnation of an angel, a divine being. In this sense, pregnancy is a sacred event that calls for respect and reverence as well as joy. The creation of a child in the womb of a woman is a miracle and an awesome privilege for all women.
This being the weekend of Mother’s Day, it is only fitting that I close with at least an honorable mention, and certainly a word of gratitude for and celebration of Motherhood. I can only imagine the vibrational dynamic at play in the Realms of Light when a baby is being created in the womb of a woman. I would imagine that an angel is given an assignment and opportunity to incarnate on Earth and bring the light of love to this baby’s parents and to this world. Babies are all about love. No doubt there’s great anticipation and joy in the angel’s heart as he or she considers the privilege of going down into the physical plane of being and walking upon the earth and breathing the life-giving air. Then suddenly, with or without warning, the pregnancy is terminated or the baby dies in childbirth, and the opportunity for incarnating is taken away. Without being overly sentimental, I ponder at this level of consciousness when I listen to all this uproar over abortion and the problems over procreation human beings have created for themselves. Abortion isn’t a solution to any problem. It is a problem . . . and we are not handling it very selflessly or responsibly. It’s not up to the Supreme Court nor the government to decide this issue. It’s up to us, the people and responsible citizens of planet Earth.
My offering is that we take a broader view and give consideration to the spiritual aspects and implications of pregnancy and abortion as much if not more than the physical and personal implications, certainly more than the legal implications. This crisis is offering us an opportunity to rise above our human selves and transform our consciousness to see from a higher level with the viewpoint of the angels we are incarnate on a beautiful planet. That’s all.
As always, I welcome any thoughts my readers have and may wish to share. Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved.