*The question of when life begins has not been definitevely determined scientifically, and is therefore a matter of religious opinion. The United States is not a “Christian state” and should not be governed based on the religious opinions of any one particular group. Since everyone in our country is not of the same religion, they should not be made to live as though they are.
*Say what you want, the ugly truth is that abortion keeps some children from being born into very desperate, undesirable circumstances.
*Another major sticking point for me is that the vast majority of the Christian right that is so anti-abortion, is also the same Christian right that does not support the funding of government programs that could help care for the children of poor, single mothers who choose to keep their babies.
*And so on, and so on….
While some agreed with my stance (some of the women, of course) many more put forth that abortion is murder, and as such should be illegal-no questions asked. They felt it was not a matter of religious opinion, but one of human decency.
I very much disagreed. That is until Friday. Last Friday is when I saw my little Savannah Grace for the first time (we’ll probably call her savy for short). At 19 weeks and 6 days gestation, seeing her through ultrasound was so absolutely amazing that I cried right there on the doctor’s table. It’s not that I haven’t experienced this before; this is afterall my third child. But I had spent the whole week debating people online about why it’s reasonable for some people to believe that a baby in the womb may not be a “baby” at all. So when I laid down and waited for the nurse to put the cold liquid gel and the scanner on my belly, all these thoughts were fresh on my mind.
Finally, I saw the sweet little thing, and it was so very beautiful. At first she was asleep and had what looked like both feet and hands in the air. Then as the technician started moving the scanner around to take all her measurements, she began bumping and kicking, and even waved her little hand at us. It was clear that even if she is only the size of an heirloom tomato (baby websites love comparing fetus’ to vegetables it seems), she was very much alive and-thank God-well! There is no way that I could ever imagine prematurely ending this life.
It was so special, I really hated for the screening to end. Once I left, I knew immediately that I would have to retool my pro-choice stance. As a matter of fact, I thought about it the entire day and night. Literally, it just wouldn’t let me go. I was sitting at Chuck E Cheese (took Tae and some friends there for her birthday) trying to grade some papers while they played. But I kept periodically staring off into space daydreaming about my little baby girl, and comtemplating my thoughts on abortion. I’m sure I looked like a total weirdo to all the other parents and children there (by the way, did you know Chuck E Cheese stays open to 11pm on weekends? I mean really, WHO has their kids out that late? My friends and I are now calling it Club Chuck E).
Anyhow, I decided that I really didn’t know enough about the issue and the actual laws governing abortion. I decided to come home and do some research (via google-the best thing since sliced bread), and was really surprised at what I found.
To hear what I found though, and what I now think, you’ll have to wait another day or so. Shaun is about to leave for Oklahoma and is taking our recently purchased laptop with him. Our other computer (on loan from Andy-thanks) is currently sitting on the floor, and at 5 months prego if I get down there, I might not get back up. Soooo, I’ll have to do part 2 of this post later.