By Joel Matthews
This is a subject where it would be quite remarkable if you claimed to have no opinion, no feelings on the subject. You might be more comfortable not discussing it, even lightly, less a more poignant question might arise. But if we are ever able to bring civility back to our communities and society we must find ways to do so. Unless of course you cannot get through your day without having something to opinionate on. But that would be another discussion altogether.
In full disclosure, I am a man. I was married for 28 years. My wife died over 5 years ago and we had no children. No pregnancies, abortions or miscarriages. My childhood was in an evangelical family. My wife was Catholic and I “converted” at age 21 to make a “Catholic” wedding possible. Even in the rejection of my religious upbringing I still held the belief that the “child” should be given a chance. That if the woman had made the “mistake” of having an unwanted pregnancy, all cases of rape held separately, the child should not be the victim of that mistake. Even after softening my stance to the effect that it was an individual decision and that the woman would be dealing with her own karma for her decisions, I was still holding that judgment about it. I knew that there must be an answer that I was not seeing.
Knowing that my judgment was coming from my religious history, I began searching there. It did not take me long. Genesis chapter 2, verse 7 in the King James Version states, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”.
There it was. Man, woman or child is not “a living soul” until it breaths through its nostrils the breath of life. The physical connection to the outside world must first be made. I leave you to your own judgments of “right” or “wrong”.