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The Right to Kill

In hindsight, I came off sounding ignorant and devoid of a few important points in this post. Here in “To Elaborate More on Abortion” I dive deeper and adopt a friendlier and more considerate tone. And in “To Elaborate More on the Bible and the Roman Catholic Faith” I clarify myself further. I apologize if there were any of you who were angered or offended!

I felt astounded. It was rare for me to be mad at an article especially when it’s about a controversial topic. I usually consider all points of view before forming my own opinion. But this was way too opinionated, the writer seemingly misinfomed and deceptively open-minded. Let me tell you about what made this article different from the rest.

Abortion has always been a hot topic with a sweeping amount of opinions, the number swelling because of the Roman Catholic Church’s constant homilies and statements deriding this practice. Look to social media and influential American figures for the other side of the debate, where women’s rights is the focal point of their defense.

Take note that this was the first article with even a single paragraph of a writer’s point of view that I read about this issue. I can’t imagine what would happen if there were hundreds or even thousands more. The article was about a scientist’s thoughts on the abortion debate based solely on facts. Now there wasn’t anything wrong with his statements, it was just the writer saying that abortion should be legalized because “Women should have the right to do what they want with their bodies.”

Now I know we’ve both heard that line said many times, but isn’t a fetus already a living, breathing organism? Does that make it just a part of the mother’s body? I don’t know if there are laws that give unborn children rights, but in the present state of things, I don’t think there are many.

I’m a Catholic myself, but I don’t blindly follow orders from anybody. That’s not the goal of my religion. What I do know is there’s a thing called conscience that every person must have, and that for a mother, even if you don’t want the genes in your child or don’t think you can raise one yet, can anyone have the capacity to end a child’s life? Isn’t that something only heartless, soulless people do?

Humans have a responsibility to protect and support each other, but sadly the term doesn’t sound as integral in present times. We feel happy just dwelling on our selfish needs and not the greater good. I don’t know. Maybe it’s all the technology that has taken that chunk of humanity away from us.

It makes me sad that a mother could only think of herself and not take the sacrifice so that another may live. And I know there are terrible situations where the line between good and bad is blurred, but killing an unborn child over a dream or escape from financial ruin is clearly evil, no matter how hard the decision was.

The scientist meanwhile expressed disbelief in how Catholics take facts from a 5,000-year old book over modern science on the topic of how life is initially conceived. It’s true there are many inconsistencies in the bible. And it’s hard for nonbelievers to take it seriously when clear explanations are lacking.

The bible is partly made of accounts of prophets who saw things differently from each other, so there are bound to be inconsistencies. God is said to work in mysterious ways, and that rings true to the Catholic faith. We believe in a Holy Trinity yet there’s only one God. In one gospel, Jesus told his apostles to cut their arm and foot (also one eye) if they caused them to sin. Many things won’t make any sense and will require great understanding. But trust me, it all makes sense when you prioritize spiritual well-being over earthly pleasures. It’s a big jump that brings clarity to an otherwise confusing book.

You’ll learn that not every teaching there is based on conventional logic, or more importantly, that God’s word doesn’t need facts to back them up and that their allure spans generation after generation, unlike science. Which leads us back to that comment on conception. If we only know about 5% of the universe (or even half of it), then how can anyone be sure this God who’s been here through his now billions of people for millennia is wrong? The great thing is that’s what he might end up being, but it might also just be one of his great mysteries, never to be solved.