Thursday, April 26, 2012
Harper reopens abortion debate
One of Harper’s MPs has introduced a private members bill reopening the abortion debate . I am not a fan of abortion on demand as a form of birth control nor am I a fan of late term abortion. When the health of the mother is at risk abortion is automatic. In cases of incest and rape, it is a personal and private decision.
What I do find ironic is that the debate has returned when Harper promised it wouldn’t. That seems to be a consistent problem for Harper’s credibility. As they said on the news, Harper could easily have told his MP not to introduce the bill. He certainly hasn’t had a problem with forcing MPs to tow the party line before.
The concern I have is when a politician pimps the church for their own personal gain. Jeb Bush made a huge scene in Florida denying a woman from having an abortion who was raped. I find that both extreme and hypocritical. Why is it that the most dishonest businessmen that are consistently involved with investment fraud champion some other religious cause to distract the world from their own misdeeds?
I shun extremism. Shooting abortion doctors is extreme. So is the hateful rage against anyone who dares ask moral questions about abortion. Our laws are framed on morals. The law says it is illegal to commit murder and shoot your ex. That law is based on a moral judgment. Some extremists get rageful when you express the truthful concern that abortion stops a beating heart. That rage completely disregards the rights of a father who might want a child the mother doesn’t. My father was adopted. I’m glad his biological mother did not have an abortion.
Abortion is a private and passionate topic. Yet the discussion cannot exist without a reference to morals because that is what our laws are framed on. The conclusion that it is wrong to steal is a moral judgment. I knew a woman in Ireland who deeply regretted her abortion. She told me in confidence that she kept having nightmares of hacked up pieces of baby screaming. I thought to myself that’s sure not something you hear at an abortion clinic. Parenthood is no easy task. Neither is child birth. Yet every decision has a consequence. Calmly and rationally discussing all options and all consequences is imperative in any serious life changing decision.