Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Something I Strongly Disagree With




Something I Strongly Agree With

"Yes, a woman is free to choose what she will do with her body....[H]er choice to begin the journey binds her to the consequences of that choice. She cannot 'unchoose.'

"When the controversies about abortion are debated, 'individual right of choice' is invoked as though it were the one supreme virtue. That could only be true if but one person were involved. The rights of any one individual do not allow the rights of another individual to be abused. In or out of marriage, abortion is not solely an individual matter. Terminating the life of a developing baby involves two individuals with separate bodies, brains, and hearts. A woman's choice for her own body does not include the right to deprive her baby of life--and a lifetime of choices that her child would make."

--Elder Russell M. Nelson (click here for full article)


9 comments:

Josh said...

That is so well said by Elder Nelson. (and well presented by a way cute mommy ;)

NoSurfGirl said...

yup. Utterly disagree, especially the part where he says, "punished with a baby." that makes me feel a little bit ill.

Lori said...

bleh, that obama clip made me sick.

merrilykaroly said...

To be fair, I don't think that "punished with a baby" line is in the context of abortion. It seems to be in the context of sex education.

Linda said...

Yeah, but what about the baby would being punished by the mom.

Linda said...

Sorry, delete the word "would"

NoSurfGirl said...

I guess... OK. I feel a little better.

Personally, I hope he does what he says he will: incorporate sex education, counseling to increase adoptions as an alternative to "mistakes", and only legislate pro abortion because of the need for a mother and doctor to make that decision together without the government's interference (on the very very very raaaaare occasion. and still, if it were me I could NEVER do it even if it would mean I wouldn't survive.) That quote by Elder Nelson so wonderfully encapsulates how I feel about why Abortion should NEVER be a form of birth control.

Sam said...

punished with a baby?! isn't that what sex does... does no one know it makes babies? this world today just wants to go through life without consequences. and a baby is not a punishment, it's the circle of life. don't have sex if you don't want a baby!

michele said...

I agree with NSG's comments.

I don't trust this video clip because all of the quotes in it were taken out of context.

Perhaps making abortion legal would be a detriment to our society. BUT I think there will be less need for it if children are educated about sex and its consequences, and if adoption was encouraged and more attainable--I don't think either of those are on McCain's presidential to-do list.

As NSG said, I do think there are some very extreme circumstances in which an abortion would be appropriate, and in those rare cases the mothers should have a safe place to go where she can receive proper medical care with out jepordizing her life/health.

I agree with Elder Nelson's quote, but not every pregnancy is the choice of the mother. Don't forget about rape and incest.

Here's a quote from lds.org:
"Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth."

It also says, "Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God."

A woman who has an abortion according to the circumstances stated above would not be doing it for her own convenience. And in that case, where would she go? With the current legal situation in the US, 87 percent of the counties in this country have no abortion provider.

All I'm suggesting is that maybe SOME good can come from legalized abortion. At least those are my thoughts after taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture.