A law was passed in New York state this week, legalizing abortion into the third trimester. (I encourage you, if you haven’t heard of this, or if you’ve only seen the social media reaction, to read this article from CBS News. It gives a concise description of what has changed in the NY law, as well as thoughts and opinions from people who support, as well as those who oppose, the legislation.)
The reaction on my social media feeds has been what I would expect: shock, disgust, and calls for a return to godly morals and lifestyle.
I wrote a post yesterday in response to those reactions and it quickly became the most widely shared and read of any of the words I’ve ever written. The vast majority of the comments I received were positive, but there were a few comments that led me to feel the need to clarify my position.
I am not a proponent of abortion. I believe unborn babies are in fact, babies. I don’t believe the location of an infant (whether inside the womb or outside) changes his or her inherent value. I believe God is the author of life, and the only One who should decide when a life ends.
My post yesterday was not to say I support the new law, or feel Christians should just sit idly by when immoral and ungodly changes are happening in our society.
What disturbed me, and what prompted me to write the post was the language I saw used to discuss this topic. This feeling of unease is not new to me. I feel it often, when issues of great political or social controversy are in the news. I feel it when the issue is same-sex marriage, immigration, politicians and Supreme Court nominees being accused of sexual assault…fill in the blank. You get the idea.
Abortion is the issue at hand, but it’s not really the focus of my writing, either yesterday or today.
I’m focused on HOW we are talking about these topics, specifically, the PEOPLE involved.
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