I am quailing at posting this but I do so in the faith that we must be willing to address the heart even of issues which might be terribly divisive. What light can God send us, if we are willing to listen and learn together?
I have just been wondering what a christian response could be to reduce the demand for women and children to have pregnancies terminated (abortion). I am talking about my vision of the world to come. Who can throw the first stone?
People would be entirely sure, would make it their business to live, so that no women or children were raped or sexually abused?
People would make sure every girl and woman has knowledge of physical, emotional and moral teachings to enable her to make good decisions?
People would be supporting women to make good decisions in their sexual activity, to pick out a partner who is ready and willing to make and keep a lifelong commitment, and enabled and supported by the community to do so?
We would be so much in each others' lives as to make sure no sexual activity with any risk of conception would happen in circumstances other than where the woman is completely prepared: emotionally, physically, and financially, for gestating, birthing, and raising a child?
People would make sure women weren't going to suffer financially or educationally from a preganancy, would be confident their other kids would be fed, clothed, able to get medical attention and the education they need?
Christians would be working to make sure all partners of women seeking to gestate babies are loving, committed for life, skilled in stress management and conflict resolution?
All families with young children would be provided by the community with secure and rewarding work to make sure the family is supported and able to meet the needs of both children and parents?
Women open to childbearing would have an intact community who are skilled, free, willing and able to fully support her and her partner through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and raising the child, with education, expertise, and practical help?
The community would be there, eating and working and praying and learning together, where the mother and the child are both completely loved, included, wanted and supported?
Every person would be personally willing to take on the consequences of any kind of deviation from those circumstances, in humility, in charity, in willingness to serve?