Anti-abortionists say that Pro-Choice means you are pro-abortion and are for killing fetuses. For many Pro-Choice advocates nothing could be further from the truth. Pro-Choice simply meant having the right to choose to have an abortion or not to have one. So Pro-Choice supports both positions. I believe that people should have the free right of which way to choose regardless of what I happen to believe. I believe that the United States is not about Christian or religious morality but about the Constitutional right to free choices. The First Amendment grantees the separation of church from State regarding our freedom to free choice:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This even extends to such things as gay rights and their rights to marriage as well as other issues related to religious morality and doctrine in laws.
So the Constitution supports one’s Choice to such things as moral values and lifestyles and guarantees equal rights and treatment for all. My Pro-Choice stance is based upon this Constitutional right, not upon my preference for a given moral value or lifestyle. As a matter of fact I am slightly uncomfortable with abortions and would have to have a good reason for approving one. Though fetuses are not considered people by Constitutional law they are potential human beings like I was at one time. But I don’t feel it right to impose my personal feeling upon another when making their own decisions even if I don’t happen to agree. I might freely express my opinions but not make it part of law. The same goes for gay lifestyles and gay marriages. I personally do not subscribe to the gay lifestyle but I believe that I do not have the right to deny another that lifestyle and all the rights that non-gays enjoy. Nor would I deny another of their Christian belief even though I don’t believe in it myself. I will fight for the rights of another to their Constitutional right regardless of whether I agree with it or not. It is simply wrong to deny people their rights simply because they are different or express different values.
This is a country diverse in religions and philosophical convictions and ethnicity. Diversity is what brings richness to this nation and makes it great. It allows people to freely and naturally develop their identities and proclivities. It is unfortunate that far too many people don’t understand this. The Constitution is the legal doctrine for this nation, not the Bible. Far too many people want to make the Bible, as they interpret it, the law of the land. They believe in a vengeful God, not a God of grace, love, and compassion for all sinners including themselves where no one is better than another (equal in sin).
Religious influence in laws was obviously not the vision the framers of the Constitution had in mind based upon the text of this document together with the Bill of Rights, otherwise the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights would not have been written. They saw how the Pilgrims were persecuted by the Christian Church of England. This country must not turn into another nation ruled by a single religious belief or religious laws. Let each be free to choose what to believe or not believe. That is the only just way to respect true religious freedom and free expression.
It is strange that the righteous right who want to replace the Constitution with scripture from the Bible believe themselves pious and believe that Pro-Choice advocates are morally corrupt and not true to the will of God. Yet their attempts to impose their biblical morality upon everyone is unconstitutional as even the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled. They have a right to live up to their own religious beliefs but have no right to impose them upon others. The Bible even supports this in the two following very well known New Testament verses:
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Christ taught that All were sinners so no one had the right to judge the sins of another. So even Christ supported the principles of free choice without judgment from others by which the Constitution and Bill of Rights were based.
Anti-Abortionists should put their energies into helping mothers who have unwanted children raise, feed and care for them as Christ would clearly have wanted them to do. Perhaps if daycare, nursing care and other help was more readily available fewer abortions would be performed. They need to show more compassion for those who cannot deal with unwanted children rather than just tell them to simply have them. Where is their Christian love and compassion? Their efforts seem misguided.
We have been endowed with free will to Choose right or wrong. We are not endowed with the authority to judge others or impose our beliefs upon others so denying them their free will to choose. We do not have a right to force others not to have abortion because we believe that they are sinning by murdering a fetus. If God did not want us to have a choice wouldn’t he have created us not to sin? It must have been God’s intention that Adam and Eve should have choices by providing them with the fruit of evil (original sin). Consequently we all have that same Choice of inherited sin. For us to claim that we know how God would judge any act is to play God. This likewise does not make for a free nation with free choices and First Amendment rights.
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