Pro-life v Pro-choice compromise proposal… if this has been suggested before, let us know?
It’s painful to listen the Pro-life versus Pro-choice controversy — hostile words and even physical violence from both sides. We object to the vitriol whether it comes from politicians on the stump or pastors from the pulpit.
So we step out on this limb with a meditation, no intention of fanning flames — we’re just sharing some thoughts.
What if pregnancy termination was available upon demand with a condition: that the fetus be provided a name?
Perhaps their brief existence could be memorialized in a “Once lived” document. Something similar to a death certificate — so that families / historians of the future might be able to know more of what — and who — preceded them. Or not. Is this information important to the generations?
Calling someone by name conveys personhood. It could change perceptions. Would it help some avoid choices they’ll come to regret?
What if we give them a name? It seems so little to ask.
This naturally begs the fundamental question “When does life begin?” — which has been debated too much really, and as a topic, is completely uninteresting to us. This meditation is posted to offer a compromise. Both sides receive something. It is not meant to inflame the argument.
Nor is this about what what we think you should do or think. It’s meant to encourage imagination; a question to ponder for a moment. Contemplate meeting with someone in eternity, and knowing them by name. Is there an eternity and if so, what’s at stake? In this life or in the next…
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:11-13
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Mt 10:28
In the end for us, if Christ is at the center of things, all kinds of issues evaporate. Including this one.
The point is that the condition which concerns us most is not what people do, but the relationship they have with their Creator. A proper relationship changes what we do.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Ps . 139:13