Originally Posted by jokerman
I can empathize with the religious perspective, as there is something undeniably sacred and precious about pregnancy, but I don't think it's realistic to demand that every conception be made to come to fruition. Impregnation is very often an unintentional and unwanted "byproduct" of sex, and I think it's fair to give the woman a break or two (but perhaps not three) if she is not ready to take on the enormous responsibility of motherhood.
Again, better sex education and freely available contraceptives are the most effective and fair means to cutting down on abortions. Women, too, should be held accountable for failing to use contraceptives after a number of previous unwanted pregnancies and subject to legal ramifications for continued negligence. That would also limit the number of abortions.
Your thoughts? What compromise would satisfy you?
Another part of the religious, or Christian perspective is that God can deal with all kinds of 'unwanted' or 'unintentional' babies, can use their life, can teach through them and the conditions they are brought into the world under.
It's also a belief that life begins at conception - not the first month, or the second, or the third - but the instant of conception.
On the flipside, it is understood that God is all forgiving, if asked, even for killing unborn children. He can heal the guilt and shame, no questions asked. Forgiveness is by the grace of God. Where you and I may fall short in forgiveness, God is plentiful, and can bring you peace. Tragedy can be used for redemtion - even the tragedy of abortion - this is the beauty of God. Even our poor, carnal choices can be used for good.