In 1973, Roe v. Wade ruled that a woman’s right to have an abortion was protected under the Constitution. Last year, the Supreme Court overruled this decision, returning the law making to the states.
Let’s break it down. Pro-choice: a woman has the right to choose to have an abortion as it is a private matter. Pro-life: a pregnancy should not be terminated for any reason.
Generally speaking, faith plays a role in people’s opinion of the matter. Could I dare say that both are accurate?
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!DEUTERONOMY 30:19 NLT
In this verse, I see both the right to choose and the right to live.
There are many people who disagree with abortion, but I would hate to ever be in a position where I was face to face with having to consider that choice. In some situations, there are other choices people can make before they ever have to confront this ultimate choice; but in other cases, such as rape or the mother’s life being in danger, it’s not a choice that is easy to make.
I would imagine that most people who do choose abortion don’t make the choice flippantly. I would imagine that they wrestle with it, perhaps they even think of what could have been after time has passed.
My faith tells me to be pro-life. Women’s rights tell me to be pro-choice. Whatever your stance, let compassion be your motivator.