In fact, you may be thinking about closing the window on this subject right now.
The popular culture has mandated that you can’t raise the question, have the discussion or share the facts of what actually happens during an abortion. Dare to do so and you face social isolation - maybe even some kind of persecution, but no debate should be won by silencing the opposition.
We need to have the conversation. When we do, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing: When does the unborn baby become a person and qualify as a human being?
If the unborn is not a person who qualifies as a human being, we ought to support abortion. Indeed, we ought to encourage the harvesting of these cells for profit, as some within Planned Parenthood have sought to do. If the unborn baby is not a person who qualifies as a human being there really is no problem.
However, if the unborn baby is a person who qualifies as a human being, then every argument in favor of abortion only works if you can successfully substitute “fetus” with “two year old child.”
For example, if a mother decides the circumstances are not right to keep her “two year old child,” we don’t take the life. We protect the child, offer support and have the conversation about adoption. Steve Jobs was thankful he was not aborted in similar circumstances.
For example, if a child has a disability and the mother doesn’t want to raise this kind of “two year old,” we don’t take the life. We come alongside this precious child and give him or her as much support as we can. Andrew Bocelli is thankful he was not aborted in similar circumstances.
It’s not a question of location. Where we are does not determine what we are.
So be prepared to have the conversation, understanding the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. When does the unborn become a person and qualify as a human being?
However, in everything we do and say we need to treat the subject softly and sensitively. If the statistics are correct, most people have been touched by the tragedy of abortion, either directly or indirectly. It’s not a question of pointing the finger or shouting at the opposition. We ought to come alongside those who are hurting, extending God’s love and compassion. We need to share the message of God’s grace and forgiveness, since He is the only one able to heal the brokenhearted.