It’s the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. For more than a generation, abortion has been legal. And for more than a generation there has been strife, a polarization between Pro-Choice and Pro-Life.
In truth, there are many shades of belief, I suspect, within those who favor Choice, at least. I do not favor abortion. I see it as a last resort, not a convenient form of birth control for those who cannot be bothered to use another method. But I still favor the rights of the individual, the freedom to choose the course of one’s life. I simply cannot see it any other way, and I realize this is a flaw in me. I struggle with the issue of when life begins, struggle with the morality. But I would never impose my struggle on another or resort to violence.
Abortion clinics have been bombed and abortion providers murdered, by people who may genuinely believe their cause is just and their means thus justified. Yet why is this unlike what recently happened in Tucson? How does a “Pro-Life” person justify the risking of or taking another’s life in order to advance their cause? Can it advance their cause? To be fair, we do not know for certain what the Tucson shooters motives and beliefs are/were, but his victims are just as dead as the abortion doctors. Again, I show my own failings, perhaps, in seeing no difference between one murder and another.