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It's All Relative: Pro-choice and proud

 by Lucia Bill  published on Thursday, January 26, 2006

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I exercised my right to choose this week. Tuesday morning I got up with an uneasy feeling. I contemplated for a long stretch of time and finally decided that given my circumstance, it was the right alternative for me.

When I came to campus, I immediately felt that those around me knew my secret. I felt judged by my fellow students, their eyes lingering on me as they passed by.

Wearing a pro-choice tank top to class was bound to get attention, and it took me some time and a lot of courage to decide to do it. I expected disapproving looks, but I didn't anticipate someone actually coming up to me and telling me God hates people who support abortion.

I wish I could fit this on a t-shirt and wear it to school, but the print may be too fine, so I thought I'd just clear things up here.

The terms pro-choice and pro-life tend to mislead. People who claim to be pro-life support the death penalty and unprovoked war. It's deceptive and doesn't answer the question What Would Jesus Do.

We in the pro-choice camp are straightforward about what we stand for: C-H-O-I-C-E. We don't call ourselves pro-abortion because we don't like abortion either. We like things like the right to choose what kind of birth control we use, how many kids we will have, with whom and when. And we like moral autonomy. Which means what I do with my body is on my conscience, not yours or the Supreme Court's.

But when I'm pregnant there's a baby living inside me, and the Bible clearly shows that God forbids me from killing it. At least that's what I heard from the zealous Christian who ambushed me on my way to class.

So I looked into this baby-in-the-womb business, and it looks like God wasn't very nice to fetuses back in the day. The book of Hosea, chapter 3, verse 16, tells us, "The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword, their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open."

In chapter 9, verses 14 through 16, Hosea says, "Give them, O LORD -- what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry...Even if they bear children I will slay their cherished offspring."

I don't know what the Samarians did to piss God off, but why take it out on the kids?

Now, a couple of thousand years ago God changed career objectives from smiting to saving. Jesus came along and the rules changed. Which brings me to those who condemn women who have had abortions. They eagerly quote Matthew, chapter 5, verse 21 where Jesus says, "Do not murder... anyone who murders will be subject to judgment."

Good advice.

So is verse 22 where Jesus says, "I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment...anyone who says 'You Fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."

Pulling a Paul Hill and murdering people to "protect the sanctity of life" doesn't fly with J.C., and neither will insulting people like me.

Next time you persecute a woman for seeking an abortion, remember what Christ said in John chapter 8, verse 7: "If any one out of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

Channel your energy toward protecting the lives of children that are among us here and now: the millions without healthcare, the orphans, the abused.

And the next time a conservative Christian wastes his time telling me I'm going to hell, when he could be lobbying for extended maternal leave, I'll be sure to tell him I'll save him a seat.

Reach the reporter at lucia.bill@asu.edu.



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