What saddens me about abortion is that those who get pregnant and abort the child destroy every chance of happiness, love, excitement, growth, knowledge, friendship, etc. that child could ever have simply because it’s inconvenience. It’s more than a life, it’s a lifetime of experiences and future husbands and wives and mothers and fathers and friends that you’re aborting.1
I know so many wonderful children who would never have been born if not for abortion.
Take a lovely young girl I know – let’s call her Patty. Patty is bright and likes math and loves Steven Universe (but who doesn’t?). Patty’s mom had an abortion as a teenager, years before Patty was born. Because she had that abortion, her life went in certain directions – going to college, bouncing around like a young person, having free time for hobbies – that would have been different in uncountable ways if she had instead been a teenage parent.
But she did have an abortion. Her life went the way it went, and in her early 30s she met a great guy (through their shared hobby – a hobby that alternate-universe-teen-mom Patty would have had much less time for), married, and later on Patty was born. Patty would never have existed if Patty’s mom hadn’t gotten an abortion.
It’s true that when someone has an abortion, the potential for that particular egg-and-sperm combo to become a wonderful person with an amazing life ends. But it’s equally true that other potentially wonderful future people won’t happen if someone chooses NOT to have an abortion. That’s what making choices IS; some potential outcomes become canon – er, reality – while other potential outcomes never happen.
There’s no logical reason to believe that the child Patty’s mother aborted would have been more valuable, more important, or more wonderful than Patty herself is. This wouldn’t be a better world if Patty’s mother hadn’t had the freedom to control her own reproductive timing – a freedom that led, eventually, to Patty being born.
- The rest of Faith’s post, which I’m not quoting, sneered at people who have abortions for caring about their own “convenience.” Faith’s lack of empathy is appallingly common among pro-lifers. [↩]