A quick note: the following rant does not necessarily apply to those poor girls who aren't smart or educated enough to make a rational decision. It's aimed at women who should know better.
Working on the paper tonight, I edited a column by a very liberal young man who was shocked--shocked, I tell you!--that Ohio has made it a felony to get an abortion. According to his column, even if the woman goes out of state, she can still be charged with a felony.
The irony was that he claimed outrage that abortion would be lumped in with other crimes, such as . . . murder.
The column was basically one long rant about how the ultra-conservatives in charge of America want to keep women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. I had to double-check the name to make sure it was a guy who wrote it. But what got me the most was his talk about women choosing to carry a pregnancy to term. What if she doesn't want to? Should she have to suffer through an unwanted full-term pregancy? Oh, the horror!
Look. There are tens of thousands of couples who want to adopt children. Giving the child up for adoption isn't that complicated, logistics-wise. As far as I know, you sign a couple consent forms and medical records and that's it. The kid's off your hands and some other couple is now very, very happy. And the baby is still alive.
But that's the "painful" way. Abortion, at it's heart, is a coward's way out. It's running away from the battle because the mother--that's right, mother--is too scared of the emotional trauma she'll suffer if she has to give up her baby. So she kills it.
Of course, if people like Planned Parenthood would make a bigger deal out of adoption than they do of abortion, if we weren't a culture of one-night stands and "it's just a piece of paper," if people were willing to make sacrifices for a person who could never, ever fully pay them back, we wouldn't have this problem.
Good God, do we need Jesus.