Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Morning Cup of Tea: Murder

Good afternoon! It's about 11 AM as I write this one. If you read my other post this morning Rated R , posted in the spot this series usually holds, first of all, thank you. Secondly, you'd know that I veered off a little from my train of thought again.  Autism is a very important subject to me, as are special needs people and children in general. I will always advocate for children when I can. I don't have a great speaking voice in my opinion. I don't always come into contact with adults in my day to day life, except through the computer. My writing may need work, but hopefully I get my point across most times.
  In our daily bible reading of John we know that Jesus is aware that he's going to die. He knows that he is going to die at the appointed time --not for his transgressions, as he was and is sinless --but for ours.  I get that death. I understand why it was needed. It was still murder plain and simple, but God's plan was in it. 
  Exodus 20:13. Thou shalt not kill.
 Deuteronomy 5:17  Thou shalt not kill.
 Matthew 5:21,22 Jesus teaches us that not only is it wrong to kill but it is equally wrong to hate.
 Romans 13:9 "For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,. Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely,Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
  It's pretty clear God's view on murder. We as humans, religious or not, understand that to take a life is wrong. In some cases it is a crime punishable by death. It can also be punished by life imprisonment.  
 But. Someone decided that surely murder isn't wrong in all cases. In some cases it's justifiable, such as protecting your life or that of your family in case of an intruder or someone trying to attack you. Okay. I kinda get that. 
    What I don't understand is how it was decided that a child inside the womb can be murdered and people can be okay with this. But since 1973 it hasn't been called murder. It's termed abortion, or termination of a pregnancy. It was decided that a child inside the womb is not a child. No, that's a zygote, a fetus, a clump of cells, like a cancer. It's not really a baby until someone decides it is, whenever that happens.
  A clump of cells that is a cancer does not turn into a baby. Nor does it turn into a tree. Cancerous cells are just that -cancerous. A seedling planted in the ground starts out as a tiny plant and grows into a tree, a bush, a flower. A puppy inside it's mother's tummy comes out as a puppy, not a kitten. A tiny embryo inside a mother's body is a baby. He or she is alive, or the pregnancy would not continue. He would stop growing and nature would take its course.
   I am pro choice. I believe every one has the right to take responsibility for their life. I believe a woman has the right to choose what she will do to or for herself. I believe a woman has the right to choose to have sex or abstain, if she is old enough to maturely make that decision. I believe that if she is old enough and mature enough to have sex that she should be wise enough to consider the natural result of that act: pregnancy. If one does not wish to become pregnant, in this day and age we have several choices --abstain or use one (or two) of the many forms of birth control. Most are easily obtainable, some over the counter, some via a doctor. There are free and low cost clinics for those with little money. But the only fool proof way to not get pregnant is to not have sex. We can control our own bodies and our thoughts if we so choose.
  When a woman becomes pregnant, she is no longer dealing with just her body, however. She has become entrusted with the care of another body; a living child who is being lovingly and wondrously made inside her womb. A baby. Not a mistake, not an accident, not a clump of cells to be discarded. A child. There should only be two options there, except in the (very rare) case of harm to the mother's life. Either decide to raise and love the child, or give the child up for adoption in a loving home. So many out there would give anything to be a parent. These days you can even arrange private adoptions and give the child to the couple of your choosing. There are so many loving hearts waiting for a child if you decide you are not ready to be a mother. Some of us can't afford the legal fees, and I really wish it were easier and more affordable to adopt. But that option is most certainly there. 
  But Dottie, what about when a woman is raped, or incest? Shouldn't abortion be allowed then? Only in the case of threat to the mother's life should a pregnancy be terminated. If there is absolutely no doubt that the mother will die if she continues the pregnancy, that is a decision she will have to make. I can't think of a more agonizing, heart breaking thing to do.  As for incest and rape, yes, those pregnancies do happen and the women had no choice in that matter. But why should the child pay for the man's crime?  The child had nothing to do with what happened. Love the child enough to keep her, or love her enough to carry her to term and give her to a family who will love her if you can't bear the thought of looking at a face that was conceived in a brutal way.  As for yourself, press charges against the man who did this to you. Get counseling. Forgive the past, and do what it takes to move on, but do so in a positive way. 
 We have so many choices in life that are positive. We shouldn't use excuses to make bad choices. 
  I'm not writing this to condemn women who have had abortions. God can and will forgive that if asked, and can heal past hurts. We can forgive also. I write this in hopes of saving the children. Ending a life doesn't solve a problem, does not make it go away. It just pretends to do so. 

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