January 22 is the anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade. Some are celebrating this decision that gave women the legal right to choose abortion. People in favor of this decision sometimes term it as “a choice to have control of one’s body”.
Jill Stanek is encouraging a discussion about this choice. What is the actual choice? A choice to control one’s body . . . a choice to have sexual freedom . . . a choice to decide who dies . . . a choice outside of the village?
Some choices are extolled without considering the consequences. Other choices are overruled by the HHS mandate. The trend is for personal sexual freedom and pleasure. How does it play out?
In the current culture women and men can chose to engage in casual sexual relationships. Men enjoy freedom from commitment. All are deceived into believing they have rights without responsibility or sequelae. And this has led to an explosion of sexually transmitted diseases, leading to genital pain and risk of cancer. Should our government enable this choice?
The results of choice for sexual freedom aren’t limited to the individual but extend to relationships. After Roe v. Wade the divorce rate climbed significantly. The table below shows the number of divorces per 1.000 couples.
It is true that women have been abused. It is true that women have become pregnant while experiencing difficult circumstances. After 40 years can we say that the legalization of abortion has been the right remedy?
The President of Illinois Planned parenthood was quoted in an article in our local paper. She mentioned how far we have come with safe and legal abortions. Yet, abortion is a violent procedure. A woman died at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Chicago this past year.
Think about the impact on health, marriage and family. Can the choice of abortion be considered a victory for women?
Educated people thought that the provision of the birth control pill and then abortion would eliminate unwanted children. If sexual pleasure is freed from concern about pregnancy marriages should be happier. Right? According to the National Marriage Project that isn’t true. Since 1970 the number of couples reporting that their marriage is very happy has declined. In fact marriage has declined.
Despite the availability of birth control and abortion, the rate of babies born to single women has increased. In the Bronx of New York 70% of births are to single women.
Eventually the choice for sexual freedom brings increased medical costs– treating sexually transmitted diseases and cancer, researching and providing new vaccines for these diseases. It also affects the life and care of children.
“Choice” has allowed the loss of 55 million lives in the United States. The irony is that infants of the same gestational age as those aborted are receiving intensive care in neonatal nurseries. Why are only some babies chosen to live?
Our government has chosen to add the HHS mandate to the health care bill. Will passing out free contraception (including abortifacients) to young women reverse the trend of disease and fragmented families? Why does our “Health” and Human Services Department force companies to forfeit their choice to support life according to Biblical wisdom? What about the choice made by Hobby Lobby—should this company be fined for supporting life? What about the choice made by Wheaton College?