Friday, June 03, 2005

A Question to Begin

I've long contemplated writing about my views on abortion. To the chagrin of some of my readers who would rather have me delving into lighter matters (which--don't get me wrong--I enjoy very much), I feel the time is ripe. However, I begin not with my opinions, but with this question:

How is the abortion of a 3-day-old fetus growing in the womb of a 9-year-old raped by her father any more or less "murder" than the killing of hundreds if not thousands of innocent people (men, women, and children of all ages) as collateral damage under Just War Theory, espoused by many Christians, from St. Thomas Aquinas to President Bush?

For now, I let that settle in.


Anonymous Lizzie McGuire said...

This reminds me of Jurasic Park. "Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should." Our technological advances have produced new ethical questions. The ability to abort a fetus medcially and the ability to wipe-out humanity in the masses is something we came up with. Now what?
Hey dudes, I just made a flame thrower. What should we do with it? I know! Let's...

Although the answers to ethical questions may be very obvious to due to our beliefs, the fact is we don't know for certain what we will do until we are facing the circumstances ourselves. Perhaps the question is will YOU have the 3-day fetus aborted from YOUR 9 year-old daughter who was raped by your husband?

This leads me to another related thought. If a medical situation puts you in a position where you can abort the fetus and save your wife or allow the fetus to live at the expense of the life of your wife, what will YOU do?

I pray I don't have to face either situation. Can I tell the wife or the husband what to do?

War. I no nothing of war other than in books, movies, and news reports. I have not been a president of a world-leading country. I have no aspiration to be.

Should I ignore the questions of abortion and war because I am not personally facing these decisions? Not necessarily.

Abortion and war both result in death. Like a vaccuum...Both suck.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

I'll make the right-wing's point so you know what you're up against:

The people that die in wars should have known better than to be where the bombs were being dropped, the "baby", on the other hand was completely innocent and couldn't escape.

Mind you, I'm not a Republican and I don't subscribe to the point of view I just laid out.

In my mind, abortion should always be an option, even if it's a poor option.

12:52 PM  
Blogger ajmac said...


Well put. Our convictions are much easier to discuss than they are to follow.


Wha...? Thanks for, um, making the "right-wing" point. The Accipiter seems to be, er, really up against it.

2:21 PM  
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I have posted an initial response at:

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