I am the person who posed the question to Issac Bailey, “What would Jesus say to a 16-year-old girl who was thinking about obtaining an abortion?”
Issac gave an interesting answer. First, he said, “I don’t know.” Then later he added, “it’s easy to see why Jesus would have wanted her not to have participated in sex at such a young age, as well as Jesus telling her that abortion is the wrong course of action to resolve that particular issue. I agree on both counts.” And I agree with Isaac.
Isaac arrived at a sound decision concerning Jesus’ response, which is all that I asked of him. But being a true liberal, Isaac could not stop at that answer. He had to add liberal comments about “government control over a woman’s body,” “life sentences for women who aborted a fetus or decades-long sentences for those who attempt to do so.”
Abortion will never be outlawed in our country because women of all faiths, including Catholics, and no faiths, even if they would not get an abortion, will not vote against it. It has become a control issue as well as a moral issue.
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To return to the original question, I think that Jesus taught us in the New Testament to love God and our neighbors as ourselves. We should treat all life with love, dignity and respect.
Abortion is first a moral issue. We should help all people to realize what it is. Some will move away from abortion if given help and support. Some will not. As good people we should encourage women not to use abortion as a form of birth control. The decision of course is theirs and ultimately it is between them and God.
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.