From the Hills: Abortion Shouldn't Be a Political Issue

By Sylvia Peterson
Posted 6/28/22

The overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court has brought up one of the most divisive topics in American culture. “Should women be permitted to have an abortion?” Everyone seems to …

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From the Hills: Abortion Shouldn't Be a Political Issue

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The overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court has brought up one of the most divisive topics in American culture. “Should women be permitted to have an abortion?” Everyone seems to have an unalterable opinion. If abortion had been legal and available a hundred years ago, I wouldn’t be here. My father was the product of a rape.  

I can’t find anything in the Supreme Court’s decision that is a moral declaration. The reversal simply says that the law we’ve been following isn’t constitutional. States can decide for themselves if and under what circumstances they want legal abortions to be available. 

My personal experience is that abortion can be an emotionally dangerous alternative to responsible birth prevention. 

Sexual intimacy is an opportunity to experience physical “oneness,” and the possibility to experience God’s creative miracle, the birth of a child. Sex was never meant to revolve around “who got the best looking partner to follow them home.” It wasn’t given to us to be abused by force or coercion. Intimacy has potential consequences. 

I researched abortion statistics. Even though we have available contraception medications, uterine implants, and permanent surgical procedures, 86% of abortions are obtained by single women who cannot afford a baby. (Rape and incest account for only 1% of abortions today.) 

Since the Supreme Court’s decision last week, fear and anger are splashed all over the news and social media. People are passionate about their opinion. Even within the church there is disagreement. 

I know one thing to be certain: terror and explosive rage are not representations of the Gospel in a hurting world. Neither is gloating. 

We need peace more than ever. Jesus never incited a riot. He didn’t suggest that his followers make bricks and hurl them at people who believed differently than them. He always followed the laws. 

Only a supremely powerful God can heal the divisions in our country today.

Abortion shouldn't be a political issue. It’s not red against blue, Democrat against Republican. 



It’s about single women who can’t afford a child because the fathers walked away from their legal and moral responsibility. It’s about barely-in-puberty girls who made a bad decision and are now faced with permanent moral consequences. It’s about men who want a cheap, “easy,” and convenient solution to an expensive, complicated, and inconvenient problem. 

These are volatile issues in a fragile and complicated culture. No wonder people are frightened. 

I’ve spent several days searching for something comforting to say to people who are afraid and angry that abortions will be harder to come by. There are lots of opinions, but a scant number of comforting answers. Perhaps it can best be found in God — not in the rigid righteousness that many people think is His nature, but in His compassionate love.

If we want abortion to be a possible solution, there is a process for that. Our legislators can write laws that reflect the majority perspective. It isn’t a quick answer, but it’s how democracy works. 

Our Hebrew ancestors saw children as a blessing; the more of them, the better. It is tragic that today in many families, children are seen as a burden; the fewer of them the better. Children can be expensive, time-consuming, messy, noisy and inconvenient. However, each one is also unique, miraculous, and worth everything it takes to see them to adulthood. 

Maybe if we changed our belief about children, we wouldn’t need abortion rights. What if, instead of fighting each other, we fought for a society where every baby was wanted — even the ones that are unplanned? 

The problem isn’t Roe v. Wade. The problem is us.

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Sylvia Peterson is former co-pastor for Bald Hill Community Church and the author of “The Red Door: Where Hurt and Holiness Collide,” which can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. She and her husband are chaplains for the Bald Hills Fire Department. You can email her at sylviap7@comcast.net.

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