What abortion debaters keep forgetting
The debate about “the sacredness of life” will always be a hypocrisy
Recently, I read this article about how the anti-abortion movement should move toward a secular point and how they are branded by the left as a completely religious group.
If America wasn’t a theocracy, I reasoned, shouldn’t the pro-life movement work extra hard to ensure that its cause could survive in a secular environment?
I loved this quote. However, I didn’t really understand what the writer was trying to say about “the sacredness of life.”
I’m not really sure if I understand what the “secular sense of the sacred” means. “Sacred” as a word itself is not exactly secular. I think the writer was trying to talk about the appreciation of a human life form, without it having to be religious.
I used to be a Christian, now I am an outspoken atheist. It was quite the journey if I say so myself. I completely agree that you don’t have to be religious in order to be pro-life. Life isn’t black and white. I was pro-choice even when I was religious.
Here’s the thing: it’s not like the left doesn’t have an appreciation of the human life. We do. But here’s the thing. Both the fetus and the woman are human life forms. However, we just put more value on the choice of the woman because she is a human being with an entire life behind herself, an entire set of choices, a set of responsibilities. I don’t think people debate about this enough, they only get caught up in “the moment we can consider the fetus as a life form.” We should just use common sense and see how it’s so demanding and irresponsible to force a woman who has been alive for years to compensate for a fetus.
The left isn’t insensitive to life. Abortion proponents, like myself, just want people to remember that the “life” debate will always end up being hypocritical because in hindsight, we are talking about two life forms at stake here. The left will always argue that the woman’s life is important too and the right will always argue that the fetus’ life is important too. I don’t think there is anyone out there that can stop this debate because no matter how much time scientists try to discover when exactly the cells turn into a human being, it’s going to be the same argument. So we should take up another approach to the whole debate.
Instead of trying to be politically correct about what constitutes a life form, we need to think about the value of the choice here. As much as it pains me, life forms inside the womb are not able to make a choice for themselves. So it only seems right that we give the person who carries the responsiblity and the burden to make the choice for herself. I don’t think there is a woman out there who would particularly enjoy the process of getting an abortion. We do have a conscience about the sacredness of life. But we also have a life behind us and ahead of us that is not so easily put down by the sacredness of life. If the right doesn’t want to be branded as a religious group, they should consider this point of the debate as well.