Things no one likes to think about…

Abortion is one of those things.

It’s not a topic that you casually bring up to fill in those uncomfortable dead spaces over dinner with your girlfriend.

But it is a topic you will have to face, sooner or later, if you are sleeping with that girlfriend.

The other day on the University of Arizona (UA) campus, I asked a female student:  “What would you do if you found out you were pregnant?”

The question caught her off guard, even though less than a minute before she admitted she and her boyfriend were sleeping together.  Soon, she admitted to the obvious:  if you are having sex with someone, the reality of getting pregnant is simply part of the equation.  No birth control is 100% effective; you have to prepare for the unexpected.

This jarring reality, that an imminent pregnancy loomed in her future, was something–unbelievably–that she had not seriously considered.  It continually astonishes me how ill-prepared people are in regard to this all important issue.

Can I ask you, friend, what you would do if you found out you were unexpectedly pregnant?  Or what you would do if you received a call from your girlfriend informing you she was pregnant with your baby?

So many people choose to kill their own child when faced with this news, using all sorts of excuses why they must do so:  “I’m not ready to be a parent yet,” or “It will ruin my career,” or “It’s just a blob of tissue, so it’s no big deal.”

What if you are wrong about this being “just a blob of tissue”?  What if you discovered that the life growing within you is nothing less than a full human being…only developing and very small at the moment?  How would you feel if you knew you were killing your very own flesh and blood, denying him or her the chance your mother gave you?

These are just a few of the reasons why the unpopular issue of abortion is critical to discuss.  If we were not talking about ending human life,  I can understand people not being enthusiastic about bringing the subject up at the dinner table.

But if we are indeed talking about ending human life, the subject should be shouted from the housetops 24/7 with no time off for weekends or holidays.


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