Abortion, Assisted Suicide, and What it Really Means to be Pro-life

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What it really means to be pro-life. Early in December, the following headline appeared on bgr.com: Switzerland approves Sarco assisted suicide pod.

A friend of mine commented that it made her heart sad. I’m not entirely sure where I stand on assisted suicide. But I’m leaning towards my views on that being similar to my views on abortion. I think that our inclination is to make these issues black or white, but they are not. I agree that life is sacred. Let me say that first and foremost. And, for someone being in so much pain at the end of their life to have to consider using one of these pods or someone being in the position of having to rip apart their body to abort their child brings me unimaginable sadness. And in a perfect world, no one would ever have to consider these things.

But, we don’t live in a perfect world, and to pretend to would be nothing short of sticking our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich.

People Die, some with infinite suffering

The fact is that we live in a world where people die. Some go quietly and peacefully in their sleep. Others go quickly in an accident or as a result of an act of violence, but there are those whose deaths are long and lingering, drawing out their pain even though there is no hope left. These are the people who might use the suicide pods in Switzerland or who, in other countries, might apply for assisted suicide.

Are We Overlooking Someone’s Pain?

If we simply look at the black and white of it, are we overlooking their pain? Perhaps we need to rethink what it really means to be pro-life. Just like if we look at the black and white of abortion, are we overlooking the pain of a young woman who was raped and now finds herself pregnant? What about the young woman who does not have health insurance? Yes, government insurance in the US will cover the woman during her pregnancy, but as soon as she gives birth, that insurance stops. According to the Mayo Clinic, more than half of pregnancy related deaths happen after childbirth.

What about the low income woman who barely makes enough to feed herself, let alone a child? Or a low income couple? Expenses of childcare in the US? I could go on and on and on because there are so many things wrong in this country that contributes to the number of abortions that occur that we could be working on instead of punishing women who find themselves in this situation and anyone who helps her. Those who stand up for abortion often don’t care about any of these other issues–they are the same ones trying to restrict health care for the poor, who don’t want a livable wage for workers, who don’t want free child care.

And then we have this: Factory workers threatened with firing if they left before tornado, employees say

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You honestly want to tell me that being anti-abortion and anti-assisted suicide means that someone is pro-life when we have things like this happening? I think perhaps we need to start looking at taking care of the people that are already here on earth and that don’t want to die before we start complaining about abortions and people who don’t want to prolong their suffering.

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4 thoughts on “Abortion, Assisted Suicide, and What it Really Means to be Pro-life

  1. It’s so easy to look back and say that we’re against abortion or to look forward and say we should tough it out to the end, even if it hurts. But when in that actual position, I wonder what some folks would choose?

    Good, thought-provoking article. I hadn’t really thought about pregnancy through rape.

    1. I honestly used to be “pro-life” as in anti-abortion, but the more I learn, the more I have to say that it’s not black or white. I firmly believe that if we want to reduce abortions, our best course of action is to take care of the mother, child, and family and make sure that they can survive. So many people don’t make enough to live on for themselves, and then you want to force them to have a child they cannot afford, and you don’t want to give them medical coverage that could protect them against any complications from having the child? It’s obvious why there is a demand for abortion. The attitude so often though is one of control. “I must control the outcome here”. Well, no. Because you can’t control people. That’s just slavery. It’s the same reason why so many people are quitting their jobs to work for themselves–myself included. It’s all about control, and the people that are being ‘controlled’ are fed up. They want to try to live on their own times rather than barely survive on someone else’s terms. I don’t think that abortion should be a first resort. I think there should be counseling involved; I agree with the waiting period, but I also think that other services should be offered as an alternative. If the person wants an abortion after all of that, then they should be able to get it, because while it is an unborn child we are talking about, we are also talking about a human being that has to grow that unborn child, and we cannot force that.

      1. Yeah, and then there are sort of gray areas like “the morning after pill.” Are those still around? Now that I’m getting older, I’m sorta outta touch with that scene. But it still interests me.

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