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Abortion Back in the News, Darn It

The abortion issue is lately back in the news, and we admit we hate to see it there. Even after so many decades of noisome debate we don’t really know where we stand on the matter, and we notice that the more cocksurely opinionated people on both sides are further apart than ever, and at this point we figure that it will be left to far future generations of as-yet unborn babies to resolve it.
Emboldened by President Donald Trump’s last two appointments to the Supreme Court, the Alabama legislature has passed and the Alabama governor has signed a law that would punish any doctor who preformed an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy with a life sentence except in the case where the life of the mother’s life was threatened, and makes no exception for cases of rape or incest. The law is plainly unconstitutional according to the 1972 Roe v Wade decision, which has been a source of constant contention ever since, but Alabama is betting that a couple of Trump appointees on the Supreme Court will be able to overturn that hated decision.
Meanwhile, the other side seems to be digging into an equally extreme position. Self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ state of Vermont has recently passed and signed into law that guarantees a right to abortion rights up to the moment of childbirth, and arguably makes allowances for infanticide, and although the rest of the Democratic party hasn’t gone quite that far it’s still far out on the pro-choice side of the debate.
According to all the opinion polls most of the American public is somewhere in the middle about all this, and as much as we hate to admit we’re common so are we. Our beloved hometown of Wichita was the epicenter of the abortion debate back in the ’90s, when we were working for the local newspaper and local abortionist Dr. George Tiller was performing very early and very late-term abortions, and a very angry anti-abortion movement in this very Christian town caused traffic jams and mass arrests and public nuisances by effectively shutting the practice down for a short while. We’ve never had a serious pregnancy scare — knock on wood — so both our pro-choice and pro-life friends can reasonably claim we have no standing to opine.
They’re probably both right, of course, but we’ll nonetheless stand by our centrist position. We’ve been fortunate to know some very fine women who have shared very personal stories about their first trimester abortions, and our Christin faith tells us not to stand in judgment of them. No matter how it was conceived a fetus is a potential sacred human life, on the other hand, and certainly by the time it could survive outside the womb it is entitled to the full protection of the law.
We’d like to think that America’s political institutions and judicial systems will sort it all out, but we doubt it. The Republicans are currently led by Trump, a thrice-married and oft-bankrupt Casino-and-strip-club mogul who has publicly bragged about his extra-marital love life, and was a staunch pro-choice supporter until he decided to run for the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, the Democrats seem likely to nominate someone who’s openly anti-life. and we hope that’s also not a winning stance.
The matter is more likely to be settled in the courts, but we don’t holda out hope it will end there. Even if those two Trump appointees overturn the Roe v Wade that guaranteed a right to first trimester abortions they won’t dare declare a constitutional right to life from the moment of conception and ban abortions altogether, and if they did it would result in one hell of an uproar. The very best the pro-life Republicans can hope for is that the matter is returned to the states, with Vermont going one way and Alabama another, and all the rest of the states arguing about it endlessly, with at least half of the states sending its citizens to the next state for an abortion, and the Republican Party probably coming out on the losing end.

— Bud Norman

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One response

  1. I love the US, it gave me my faith and my faith is precious to me. It educated, being one of its scholars. All my life since I received the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour through the American missionaries……..my American friends, boss, pastors, missionaries, teachers and child volunteers and many of those…..would always love a US President who can stand on his Faith and brought all the other nations to his heart…………for the US is made a Super Power only strongest when God is Sovereign on it, when God is involved in all its affairs be it in Governance, leadership, Education, Businesses or technologies or in Science…..it what makes the US a leader to claim authority, originality and drive change across the globe. Although it has always been a “David”, a “Father-Warrior” God amongst evil, displayed in its magnificent huge military it is more diplomatic and ambassadorial in nature to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the rests of the world. The Democrats have been going fine but it became insatiable in power almost going greedy when it brought the Pope of the Catholic for the first time in America thru Barack and the former Noynoy Aquino. It hurt many of my churches and Mission heads…..so, we shall make America great again thru Donald Trump……..God is Gracious that the US Embassy and Ambassadors along with its friends and missionaries and mission heads can still hold on and keep the faith going…with all the misdeeds, misgivings of many others like the Democrats and the Republicans and their churches and businesses….I am a democrat by nature but I go crazy and radical sometimes when you can’t be counseled by the ” word of God”, when you don’t take heed and you become out of control and out of your minds…..i hate to be called as the “dirty Americans”, okay?

    If I can only wish for the ideal USA? it would be no Catholics, No Mormons, No Witchcraft, no Ku Klux Klan and the rest of your many idolatries, orgies, cults and false beliefs and religions.

    I like to live in a pain-free, paradise-like living and start living in heaven here on earth…..will The USA be the best place for me? wherever I go or whatever I do…I will keep the USA in my heart.

    The times have changed indeed, it’s time to revise and renew everything….

    Eleanor

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