With that being said, the comment I made in support of Mr.Santorum was not absorbed. I feel compelled as a Catholic and as a Christian to at least TRY to open people's minds. I thought about how this might best be achieved and I feel a simple analogy might help. People respond to analogies. Again, I could get very intellectual with my argument but I don't feel its necessary. It needs to be simple. I don't want someone to have to read it several times to understand it.
Many people use excuses for when abortion is acceptable. Basically they are saying "Its ok to kill when....". If I remember correctly God said "Thou shall not kill". Seems simple enough, but I am going to try to refute one of the most common excuses I have found in regards to the abortion issue.
"What if the woman was raped? Should she be forced to relive that trauma every time she looks at her child?" My response? Think about this analogy....
A woman was brought into the police station for questioning. She confessed to a murder. She murdered her brother. The police officer asked her "Mam, what would bring you to murder your own brother??" The woman said "Officer, you don't understand. I was raped a week ago. The man who raped me looked just like my brother. Every single time I saw my brother I had to relive what happened to me. It was horrible. I was miserable. It ruined my life. I had no choice but to kill him. I couldn't look at him." How do you think this woman's defense would stand up in court? Do you think she would be charged with murder? I do.
In essence, how is this situation any different from abortion? You might say, "well, this is different - she could've just cut ties with her brother and chosen not to see him anymore." Ok. How is that situation different from adoption?
The basic idea is this - this woman killed her brother for just BEING. She murdered her own flesh and blood because it made her life easier.
So what's your answer to the question? "Its ok to kill when...?" When it makes your life easier? Don't think that excuse would stand up in a court of law and I don't think it will stand up when faced with God's judgement either.
Another excuse is often "the right to choose". Women should have the ability to do what they want with their own bodies. That's fine. Do what you want with YOUR body. However, abortion is not about YOUR body. Its the body of someone else. If you saw someone killing another person would you buy their defense "Its my life, I can choose to murder if I want to". Probably not.
I hate using my blog as a means of political opinion. I don't want to get into a heated debate. Its not about that. Its about desperately trying to just open people's eyes. Maybe it doesn't make a difference and maybe no one will listen, but I need to feel that I at least tried.
After this post I hope to keep the blog lighter. I hope to continue to brag about my daughter, share silly stories about my meanderings in the big city, and quote my funny husband. I was just cut deeply by a statement someone made and felt called to simplify the situation one last time. My hope is that this post has made just one person take time to really think about their stance, their arguments, and their justifications. Thanks for sticking in there with me :)