On Life, Love, and Reason: Trust

Trust Women is a mantra of the pro-choice movement. It is one of many rallying points, one that is meant to convey compassion and care, the point that women don't make choices concerning terminating a pregnancy lightly, that it is something no one likes or wants.

I can appreciate the point. When someone is protesting and holding up snippets on signs, it is hard to hear her out, but in the quiet and calm, it is a good idea to go back and try to understand. Abortion is so serious, so emotional, that it is always surrounded with demeaning comments about any opposition. People on both sides sling mud at one another constantly as if the fight was about nothing more than who can shout the loudest and with the most whit.

Women don't make choices concerning terminating a pregnancy lightly; it is something no one likes or wants.

I am pro-life, myself; that is, I think all people are equal in value. Still, it is not uncommon for me to be utterly ashamed by the string of angry comments made on behalf of the unborn. It is easy to suggest that those who are for abortion rights care nothing about the pre-born, to call them monsters and demons. This may be true of some, but we should be more careful about applying such blanket judgments; they just don't help matters.

Abortion is an ending of life -- either forming or potential -- and almost everyone responds to it with some degree of mourning.

That is to say, pro-choice or pro-life, we are the same.

Of course, this matters very little, if at all. Feelings of mourning, sadness, or loss are appropriate and good, but they neither defend nor explain abortion. The choice is grave, the decision made carefully by real, live women, yes, but carefully, haphazardly, or somewhere in between, it is still a decision that no one should be making.

Nearly everyone responds to it with some degree of mourning.

Emotions cannot justify actions. Emotions cannot be the basis of laws. They are fickle and are nothing.

Unless all women are convinced, deeply, that every pregnancy is good and that any attempts to deliberately kill an unborn person is always unjustified, then the mantra trust women means nothing at all.