Even though there is no way to justify the direct and intentional killing, the murder, of an innocent human being—particularly if said innocent human being is also a tiny defenseless helpless guiltless innocent preborn human being—that doesn’t stop countless numbers of people from trying to do exactly that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation with somebody I’ve just met, somebody who has gone out of his or her way to start a conversation with me in a book store or coffee shop, or yell at me from across the street, or badger me on the sidewalk, or even run his car in front of me to within inches of my unprotected body, all in an effort to dissuade me of what I know to be true, and what they must know to be true, too, in their heart of hearts. That direct intentional and deliberate abortion is murder and that murder is wrong, reprehensible and evil. And cannot, never can be and never has been justified. Not ever. Never. Period.
But since most of the people who present these “arguments” seem never to have given them much serious thought, I thought I would re-present their positions here, in an effort to show how truly ridiculous and lacking in logic and even just good old not-so-common sense these ideas are.
Here goes. The top three reasons people give when they try to justify abortion when they talk to me.
1. The parents can’t afford to feed and take care of the baby.
Let me get this straight: the parents can’t afford to feed and take care of the baby, so the answer is to…kill the baby. Um, nope. I can’t accept that. Murder is not the answer. Ever hear of adoption?
2. Adoption is out. The parents couldn’t bear to part with the baby.
Let me get this one straight: Adoption is out because the parents can’t bear the pain it would cause them to part with the baby, so the answer is to… kill the baby. Nope! Sorry, wrong again. I can’t accept this. Murder is NOT the answer.
3. The parents weren’t ready to be parents.
And once again, let me see if I understand: the parents weren’t ready to be parents, yet they did the deed that often results in the creation of a new life, but they weren’t really ready, like, they didn’t really mean to become parents, so this should be a do-over or they should be able to go back and start over, and the answer is to…kill the baby. NO, I am shocked that people do not get this! The answer is still no. Murder is still NOT the answer!
Let’s see if I can put it in a way that the most die-hard liberal would understand. If I have a dog and I can barely afford to feed myself and things are getting really hard, or if I’m not even poor but I’d rather spend my money elsewhere, and I choose to solve my dilemma, which may or may not be a real dilemma, but I choose to solve my dilemma by killing my dog, is there a person reading this who would not be horrified?
And yet some of these same people would not blink an eye if I said I was going to abort my child?!
And for the next example: I have a dog but I have been transferred to another city by my employer and I really love my job, or I don’t love my job but I love my paycheck, but I can’t take my dog with me to the new apartment which I went out and picked—please notice that these are all decisions that I have made, actions that I have taken upon myself to take, not situations forced upon me by my dog—and I decide that the answer to my dilemma is to…kill my dog. Again, is there anyone out there who would agree with that notion? Is there anyone out there who would not call the authorities to complain about the dog killer in the neighborhood?
And if you think it’s okay for me to kill my dog because I can’t bear to leave him behind, is there anyone sitting next to you, reading over your shoulder who is beginning to eye you rather warily? Because I sure would!
And now for the last example: If I decide that I’m not really ready to be a dog-owner, and I decide that the best way for me to deal with my dilemma (or rather, to deal with the consequences of my earlier action in going out and getting a dog or in accepting one that came to me by whatever way in which he did come to me) is to…kill the dog, then there is something terribly, terribly, awfully, horribly wrong with my value system, and maybe something a whole lot wrong with me besides! It may be that my heart and mind and soul are in a state of near-death and I may need emergency assistance to keep me from going right over the edge into the abyss!
Now consider this: If you wouldn’t do some action to a dog, and you wouldn’t want anyone else to do that same action to a dog, and if you would try to stop them or at least think very badly of them for ever afterward, then tell me, pray tell me please, why in the name of all that is decent and logical would you do the same or allow the same action to be done to a human of any age, particularly a tiny human who hasn’t done anything to anybody at any time whatsoever ever to deserve such a thing, as if anybody could deserve such a thing?!