Abortion, pt 2: the attack of compassion
Pris |Friday, October 07, 2005 | E-mail this post
A comment made on my previous abortion post has been making me think. Actually, there are two comments that are doing this, but I'm only going to deal with one today.
The comment was made that fornication has consequences and that pregnancy is a punishment of premarital (unprotected) sex.
I don't like this line of thinking for the reasons I wrote on that thread. However, I have another response. Frankly, I don't know how good it is, but I think it might be worth pursuing:
Of course, we should be compassionate and care for our fellow people. It seems to me that the Gospel is unequivocal on this point. It seems reasonable that, if someone is suffering, we should do what we can (within reason) to help that alleviate that suffering.
An unwated pregnancy is suffering, both physical and mental.
Given that abortion is a question with no easy moral answers, shouldn't abortion be an option--a solution--for the easement of suffering? And, if it is, I think we should be okay with it.