Monday, May 18, 2009

A Heart-Wrenching Decision, Indeed

Obama is right on target in what he recently told students observing his speech at the Catholic flagship school Notre Dame:

Pro-life or pro-choice, or somewhere in between, we certainly can all agree "that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually."

So, don't unplug your brain just yet. Because this statement which sounds so all-embracing on its surface, also begs the question, Why? WHY is abortion a "heart-wrenching decision for any woman" and one that "is not made casually?"

Is it because it is a difficult and painful medical procedure?

Not really. Lots of people make the decision to undergo far more painful and difficult medical procedures, and that decision is not "heart-wrenching."

No, to the contrary, I think everyone intuitively knows that the reason this decision is heart-wrenching is that any woman making that decision is going against the most basic instinct God has implanted within her heart: the instinct to protect her child. Admitting that abortion is a universally heart-wrenching decision is admitting that it is killing a human being, for whatever reason that morally problematic act is being undertaken. Let's call a spade a spade.

Only the truly, unreachably, evil person does not find their heart wrenched when faced with the prospect of willfully having to make a choice that causes the death of another human being.

If there is any other reason that abortion could possibly be a "heart-wrenching decision for any woman," would someone please point it out to me?

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