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I have a real fear of what our state is doing right now. I know that life is precious. I know that a lot of people think that abortion is killing a human being. This is a topic that is not easily discussed or decided on by anyone. Having been a school counselor and working with young people through lots of traumatic events has maybe given me another view but maybe not. Is abortion right? no. Is abortion wrong? no.
I have a couple of observations about the events that took place in Jefferson City as our representatives voted and passed the abortion ban. The main one is that I question whether they were voting for what the majority of their districts wanted? There were hundreds of women at the House in the Gallery trying to tell their representatives to listen to them and respect their individual rights. That didn't happen.
I know this argument cannot be won by either side. But I question, is the idea of abortion being wrong a religions idea or a constitutional idea? If your argument is based on your biblical beliefs then you forget that not everyone shares your beliefs or even your religion. The United States was formed on the principle of Freedom of Religion. If you believe abortion is wrong, don't have one. You should also know that full term abortions have been illegal since Roe v Wade. The pictures of baby bodies piled up in the trash behind the clinic are NOT REAL, at least not here in the US.
Years ago this topic became real in our family. A friend found out her very young daughter was pregnant and simply was too young to safely carry a child 9 months and was a child herself. The family decided to abort the baby. I know it was a difficult decision for them and they were in anguish over it. That young girl grew up to become a wonderful loving mother. Does she think about it? regret it? guess what- I honestly don't know because that was a very personal and private thing for her and I would not dream of asking!
As a Born Again Christian and member of a Southern Baptist Church, with my husband being a licensed Minister and Deacon I have kept quiet on the subject simply because I did not want to cause discord. When the topic was brought up in Sunday School, my husband always told me to speak my mind but I didn't share my opinions because they were just that, My Opinions. Personal and private opinions. I would never choose to have an abortion and never have had one. BUT, I do not know what my decision would be in some of the situations that arise. I did always say that if my daughter had been raped and ended up pregnant back when she was a teen that I would get her an abortion. Without an qualms if she were under 16, with her consent if she were over 16. Yep, I'm the Deacon's wife you sit next to on Sunday morning. For those of you who say God knew us when we were yet in the womb, to be honest he knew you when you were just a twinkle in your daddy's eye. And why does no one ever quote the verse about God breathing the Breath of Life into Adam and Eve upon the completion of creating them?
My fear of the ban goes beyond the religious realm. After all we are a country that has Religious Freedom to believe what you want and to have no fear of being persecuted for those beliefs. Am I right? But have any of you seen Dirty Dancing? Are any of you old enough to have talked to anyone who was an adult in 40's 50's 60's? I remember my mom telling me about an aunt that couldn't have children because of a motel room abortion when she was a teenager. She almost died and was not able to have children after because of the damage caused.
But doctors and nurses are going to be fined who perform these procedures you might say. But what about the people who youtube how to perform an abortion and set up at the local Motel 6 and perform $100 abortions? You say that would not happen. You are wrong. Women are going to die needlessly.
Do I think there should be restrictions on abortion and when it can be performed. Of course I do. In fact I am probably much stricter in my estimation of when is too late than most. I was also a child development teacher and know a lot about the development of the fetus. The bottom line is this: A woman's health decisions belong to her.