This morning I found a news article about a demonstration in Dublin, Ireland, opposing that country’s restrictive abortion laws.
For obvious reasons, abortion is a delicate topic. Most people I know are in favor of respecting a woman’s choice, but those people aren’t casual about the human issue, either. They recognize that the real tragedy is an unhealthy or unwanted pregnancy, and they believe the only humane way to respond is to allow the woman to make a decision without interference. They don’t see easy answers, but they see an acceptable policy for society and the state to follow.
I’ve never been pregnant, and I’m grateful for that. My own circumstances would have made it impossible to raise a child well, and I don’t know if I would have been strong enough to give up a baby for adoption.
Many people have horrific memories of being raised by their birth parents, so it’s safe to assume some women/couples are bonding with biological children they shouldn’t raise — although “bonding” may be too respectful a word for the impulse to keep a child one can’t care for.
In the United States, a 1973 Supreme Court decision legalized first-trimester abortions nationwide, although the ruling has been interpreted differently over the years. In this country (I’m in the U.S.), anti-abortion activists use the simplistic argument that no woman has difficulty placing an unwanted newborn up for adoption. That claim goes against human nature, but it’s convenient enough to believe if someone is strongly opposed to terminating an unplanned pregnancy.
Some human misfortunes will always be with us. Strict anti-abortion laws serve only to ensure that child abuse and dangerous illegal abortions will be more common than they would otherwise.
Here’s a link to an MSN reposting of the Agence France-Presse article on the Dublin protest: