Over the last week Leah has kept me up on numerous occassions so that we might discuss abortion…
She’s currently writing a paper on it.Â Did I have you worried for a second?Â Hope I did.Â Suckers!Â
First, we stayed up reading an essay by some Thomson lady–a solid essay.Â Then as Leah(/we) has stuggled to come up with a thesis and an opinion on abortion to then write about has been very difficult.Â I have to admit that prior to actually reading/knowing anything about abortion I have been in the pro-choice category, specifically because I believe a woman has the right to control her own body.Â Now, if you had asked me why I don’t think I would have an answer–aside from some half-baked, pseudo feminist response.Â On the other hand, even though I believe in the pro-choice model, I would have to say that it would be the last thing I would ever want for someone and I don’t think that it is necessarilyÂ moral (in non-life threatening situations).
So, I think Leah and I have gone through a little bit of a process in the past week.Â Trying to understand what we think.Â I guess I still feel the same way as I did before, but now I feel a bit more prepared to answer the question.Â Last night, Leah came in (I was already snuggled-down) and wanted to talk about her essay.Â She said something like I can’t think of a time when abortion can be moral (again leaving out life-threatening situations).Â And I said, so what?Â It would be worse for the state to control a persons body.Â (More immoral, perhaps?)Â Just because something is immoral doesn’t mean it’s wrong.Â Now hear this people, there are few things I love more in this world than a paradox.Â And academically, I love it the most.
During World War 2, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.Â MorallyÂ -Â wrong.Â But, would anyone say he wasn’t right for trying? I know he struggled with it.
Today, I have an answer, but I don’t know how settling it is.