Abortion is an area where I am convicted to engage. I understand this turns some people off. I understand the strong opinions that surround this issue. I am sensitive to it. I've been called sexist, racist, bigoted, homophobic, the lot. I'm okay with that. In light of the fact that nobody who calls me those names ever can identify how I am actually those things it doesn't carry much weight to me. It's cowardly. I don't agree with everything Ben Shapiro might say but this I do: "If you call somebody a sexist without any objective reason that doesn't make them a sexist it simply makes you an asshole."
So to that Block me. I still love ya. Better yet, engage. It makes us both sharper. I'm always happy to debate but I never try to make it personal. Also remember, in a culture where if I disagree with you I've somehow committed a moral sin I would remind you that debate is GOOD. Debate is noble. I want to interrogate peoples thought and logic not their person. I want mine challenged too!
The main reason for my passions here is that I use to be 150,000% Pro-Choice. If you didn't want your kiddo you shouldn't have to be forced to do so. I supported Pro-Choice activists & I voted for people who were Pro-choice. I engaged with Pro-lifers who in my mind were woman hating, reason abandoning, idealists. Usually using religion to beat people over the head who clearly didn't share their worldview.
Over the past 8 years I've had a COMPLETE REVERSAL. As I've studied I've been convinced of the bankruptcy of my Pro-Choice views. I do not identify as a Pro-lifer anymore but more closely now as an abolitionist.
I will continue to use Facebook as a platform to engage. Some might say, "What good can come from this?" In fact, MANY people will say it's detrimental. Often, these same individuals, when asked to take a position on the issue will waffle.
What if by engaging in debate somebody who was diametrically opposed to the Pro-life position could be brought to understand the issue differently? I was just such a person. I've seen people challenged in their positions actually.....CHANGE. This is NOT a bad thing.
Furthermore, what if that engagement just leads to ONE single life being saved. That's what I'm fighting for. Just the one. Then one more. Then one more. I guess in a way I'm fighting for the me out there the same way that others in my life fought to win over my strong appeal to being Pro-abortion. I frequently have this thought of being an old man. Annson, my son, grown himself is having lots of thoughtful conversations with me about the big issues. Maybe over a nice cocktail. I'd like to envision it that way if I'm blessed with old age. After another 50 years of medical discoveries and advancement he simply asks me, "Dad, I just don't understand how people didn't think that babies in the womb were lives worthy of dignity and a right to live. Can you explain that to me?"
My heart was so hardened into the Pro-Choice position it took time, but eventually through debate specifically, I had to learn to actually justify my position. Justify. Objectively. Logically. With science. With consistency that didn't abandon other foundational elements of human nature and morality where I could be challenged and my argument made dead. I ultimately found I couldn't justify my appeal to the Pro-Life position. I absolutely couldn't withstand debate on the issue without reducing my position to absurdity.
I'm always looking for the objective. Today I ran across this.
Some may not know but Planned Parenthood was originally the Birth Control Federation of America. I ran across some of their marketing collateral this morning. I believe from the 1930's.
It's interesting how the talking points have changed. In particular, "Every Child is a Wanted Child". Can you imagine PP using that language today?
I welcome your thoughts...or not. Still love ya.
Check out an entire article by Live Action here: https://www.liveaction.org/news/old-planned-parenthood-pamphlet-abortion-is-dangerous-to-the-life-and-health-of-women/