It didn't feel good to me to let this slide without offering a different perspective. What gets me about pro-life activists is that they frame the abortion topic on the assumed bloodthirsty nature of those seeking to protect a legal right to abortion. I searched the NARAL website for the word "blob" and came up with nothing. What I remember from the 80s is the "blob of tissue" argument is no longer widely used in pro-choice arguments. I'm not sure I remember if anybody of credibility used it.
Abortion is a very controversial topic in America and most parts of the world. And rightly so. Even people that respect a legal right to abortion believe in working to reduce the number of abortions that occur. So, as a Christian and a person of compassion, I think the message that we as bloggers or people that speak to larger masses is that a woman who has an abortion is likely experiencing a profound sense of pain and loss.
It's a woman who believes she was backed into a wall and had no other options. That she was still a member of a conservative community or family that didn't want to believe she was having sex, let alone allowing herself to get pregnant. That a man who was her boyfriend and said he loved/cared about her threw cash onto her kitchen table to pay for the abortion. That her boyfriend said he'd kill her if she didn't have the abortion. That her husband said they couldn't afford another child. I've known women like that. They are not bloodthirsty. They are human. And they've been severely let down by the men and the so-called friends in their lives.
I know for many women it's hard to believe that there are men out there that don't support their women. But, it's true. And for the woman who finds out she's pregnant and she's really scared, I don't think it serves her to have an abortion doctor murdered, to have abortion banned by the US Supreme Court, and pro-life activists holding poster sized pictures of aborted babies in her face.
We're all broken. That's why God came to us with a merciful Christ. Why can't we talk about how we're praying for women and extend love and compassion? Why can't we sympathize? I believe that 99.9% of the wrong done out there in the world is not malicious, it's more thoughtless or desperate. I pray that women who are desperate find compassion from people that can help her.