Thoughts from a Pro-Choice Christian

This is the hardest blog post I’ve ever written and possibly the hardest one I’ll ever have to write. I recognize that writing this may cost me some respect, followers, or even friends. But I also believe that staying silent on this decision is not the right thing for me.

I make it a point not to mention my faith on here because it’s not always relevant. But it is today. As you’re probably aware, this past Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned Roe vs. Wade, the iconic decision to legalize abortion.

I want to make one thing clear: this is not meant to be an attack on any other Christian. But I also know that I fall in the minority of being both pro-choice and Christian. When I first heard the news about the decision, my heart broke. My heart breaks for the women who now will have to find other options with their pregnancies, some options that may result in them losing their lives.,

See, the thing is, when women get an abortion, they often cite a reason. According to the Guttmacher Institute (that calculates abortion data), “the reasons most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman’s education, work or ability to care for dependents (74%); that she could not afford a baby now (73%); and that she did not want to be a single mother or was having relationship problems (48%).” Other reasons cited were completion of childbearing, not wanting to be a mother, or another’s wish (parents or partners). (Link)

One of the first things I want to clear up is that America has no mandated religion. Yes, the majority of Americans claim to be Christians. However, the morality and ethical code of America should not be determined by any one specific religion. This country was founded on the idea of religious freedom. And yet, it appears to me that only one religion’s freedom is what matters.

In addition, I feel that I haven’t met too many people who are actually “pro-life.” Rather, I’m under the impression that most people are actually “pro-birth”. By that I mean, that the regulation is all about supporting that the birth happens, but then what? Are there any resources in place for low-income or homeless women? Are there options for churches or other organizations to provide meals, diapers, and other resources they may need? The answer is that there may be some options out there that might meet those requirements, but they’re few and far between. The sad majority of the reality is that once the mom has given birth, she is on her own with any resources she may have, or the lack thereof. That is why I have a hard time believing that the majority of people are truly “pro-life”.

Another thing about this whole thing that bothers me is determining when a person is alive. Many of the anti-abortion rhetoric is “Heartbeat Law”. But what about an elderly person? Don’t most doctors and nurses usually think someone is truly gone when there’s no more brain activity? But yet that doesn’t apply to unborn children? It just seems to me as if the line changes when convenient.

Jesus himself defended a prostitute from being stoned when the Pharisees demanded it. I believe that women should have the right to make decisions they feel are best for themselves. Do I want abortions to happen? No, not really. But I recognize that abortions are on the decline; nor is it really my place to regulate what every woman does with her body.

To me, being a Christian and being pro-choice isn’t about trying to control every aspect of a woman’s body. I feel it’s more important to show and demonstrate the love that God has for everyone by supporting people. I believe it is possible to be both Christian and pro-choice.

Again, this was the hardest post I’ve ever written. I can’t pretend this was easy. I know that some people may choose never to listen to what I have to say again. And it breaks my heart that this is the case. But this is an issue I can’t stay silent on. So if this is the point where I lose people, then this is how it goes.

3 thoughts on “Thoughts from a Pro-Choice Christian

  1. Long rant deleted. I love you. I dont think you are wrong, I dont think you are completely right. But I will ALWAYS resect and listen to your opinion.

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  2. I think you would be surprised by the abundance of pro-choice Christians. My Church had a sermon this past Sunday that was profound in its truth, love and support for women. “Abortion is healthcare” was one of the first statements made in the Sermon. I am extremely proud of my Church, it’s stand on this issue, and it’s example of tackling these tough topics in the Sunday sermons. (FYI – the Church is St Peter’s UCC, Carmel, Indiana). There is a video going viral of the Sermon. Peace and love to you.

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    • I’m really glad to hear that! I just know from my perspective that I haven’t met many of them. I believe that’s the way it should be, and I love that your church supports the issues in this country and does its best to present truth, love, and support!

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