I am a bit perplexed. Someone posted on Facebook a comment about abortion “it should be totally abolished and anyone who performs an abortion or has one should be charged with murder.” Definitely a hot topic and I hesitated before responding but I did. I replied “I don’t think we can make blanket statements about such personal things. As a 17 year old who was raped by my step dad on numerous occasions I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt had I gotten pregnant due to those rapes I would have had an abortion.”
And boy did I get a response “murder is murder and anyone who commits murder should be punished. Abortion is murder!” and then she quoted scripture upon scripture. I told her I didn’t want to argue. She would never change my mind and I would never change hers. She came back two more times saying how wrong my thinking was, that I needed to forgive my step dad and move on. Now nowhere in that dialog did I say I had or had not forgiven my step dad (and I have but that is a post for another day). I replied for the final time “I hope you are never faced with the situation of being raped ~ and till you are you really don’t know what you would do.” She then replied “what about this scenario: a man & woman are married, they have a child. 3 years later he becomes abusive to the mother and she decides to kill the child.” Now what do you say to that. I did not respond. I don’t believe the two scenarios are any where near the same.
So then I started thinking ~ I sure hope I have never tried to force my opinion/beliefs on someone especially if I have never walked in their shoes. If I have, I am sorry. And I hope I never do that in the future.