I hope everyone can be civil in their responses, I don't want to upset people but I have a genuine curiosity and I think my views on this topic are a little different from most Pagans.
Here is my question. I myself would never presume to tell another person what was right for them as far as their own reproduction, however I myself am pro-life. I never can resolve things in my head to where I think that abortion is not destroying a unique and precious life, even if it belongs to someone you haven't met yet and isn't fully grown.
Does this make me pro-life or pro-choice or something else and are their other Pagans like me who think this way? I have been yelled at from people on both sides of the debate wanting me to side with them, but I cannot. So here I am asking for respectful opinions. Thanks.
i am pro choice, but i myself would never have an abortion, i think it would be the same as you. but the term it pro choice. bc of what teller of ghost stories said...
another way of thinking of it is... its a political thing. pro choice means u think people should be able to decide for themselves, even if u yourself wouldnt ever do it. pro life means its illegal no matter what, to everyone. that fourteen year old rape victim who is not ready for motherhood? sure she can give it up for adoption but she's going to go through 9 and a half months of pregnancy, plus labor. a giant part of her life she can never get back. plus who knows how much harrassment for being a whore at school and what not.
i just made that up, but its a real scenerio. or what about the mother who as a high chance of dying if she goes through with the pregnancy?
pro-life means no. not to anyone, or any circumstance
Just keep morality out of the motivations for and about legislation, and I'm good.
I have no problem with people having their own personal opinions about this issue.
Personally, I am pro-choice. To me this means that I will fight tooth and claw to keep the government from removing my right and others' rights to terminating an unwanted pregnancy. I believe that an unwanted child is the worst possible thing. It is bad for everyone involved--the mother, the father and most of all the child. But I will not use abortion as a means of birth control.
I have not had an abortion, but if an accident were to occur, I would end the pregnancy on the grounds that I cannot financially or mentally support a second child in my life. I would be miserable and it would show in my parenting and wreck our lives and the tax-payers would be baring the burden of feeding the child. Instead, I use birth control as a means of birth control. My fiancee has had a vasectomy. The whole idea is prevent an unwanted pregnancy from happening in the first place.
I can tell that you do not impose your ideals onto other people. I greatly respect that. I have a bumper sticker on my car that reads "If you're against abortion, then don't have one!". Very logical in my opinion. You are opposed to abortion, so you personally will not have one should you become pregnant at an awkward or hardship-stricken time in your life. That is your choice and you have voiced it very honorably.
They start caring again once the kid is old enough to join the military. LOL