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Friday, July 29, 2005

At the blog Your Emotional Neuroses Only Serve to Amuse, a self-aware young woman writes about her abortion six years ago in the aftermath of difficult decisions.

Abortion stories often bring up family dynamics. In this case, the young woman was almost aborted herself. Her father, however, against the pro-aborting advice of their doctor, strongly encouraged this young woman's mother not to abort her. Why? He thought that if she aborted, the abortion would inevitably cast an emotional shadow over any future pregnancies.

Yet, when his daughter becomes pregnant at age 20, he supports the idea of her getting an abortion, and so does his wife, the girl's mother, to the extent that this young woman still regrets ever having told her parents about the pregnancy.

It makes me wonder why the compassionate considerations about the emotional aftermath of abortion that were extended to the mother were not extended to the daughter. Is the daughter's emotional life less important? Or does the mother in some corner of her heart regret that she didn't abort this child, so that she might see herself as giving her daughter a push toward the opportunity she wishes she had taken?

Regarding some of the comments left over there...do you think, as one of the pro-life commenters does, that if you are pro-life and you engage in dialogue with someone who has had an abortion, that you are duty-bound to tell her of your judgment about what she did?

If you, as per the admonition of Jesus, took up visiting prisoners, and met with a man who had stolen $200,000 from his employer, would you think you were duty-bound in your first (or any) conversation with him to make sure he knew that as far as you are concerned, what he did was a sin?

When Jesus meets the woman caught in adultery, or the woman at the well, does he offer them his opinion on the morality of their conduct?

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