Free will comes with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, con­se­quences

Lodi News-Sentinel - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor: I am a pro-choice Chris­tian. We were all born with a free will, and the re­spon­si­bil­ity to do no harm to oth­ers, and a con­science to warn us when we are do­ing harm. If we vi­o­late our con­science, there are con­se­quences, usu­ally guilt. And if we vi­o­late our con­science for long enough, it will leave us to suf­fer the con­dem­na­tion of God.

Along with this free will, comes the right to choose to have an abor­tion, or not, and the re­spon­si­bil­ity to do no harm to oth­ers, ei­ther by tak­ing a hu­man life, or by tak­ing money from un­will­ing tax­pay­ers to pay for it.

The is­sue of whether or not abor­tion takes a hu­man life has been ar­gued since be­fore Roe v Wade, and will be ar­gued un­til eter­nity, be­cause hu­man be­ings have no abil­ity to de­ter­mine when life be­gins. There­fore, the re­spon­si­bil­ity and con­se­quences for the choice, and fund­ing it, or find­ing will­ing donors should lie solely with the in­di­vid­ual mak­ing it.

This doesn't mean that there is no com­pas­sion for those who make bad de­ci­sions — we all do, but that com­pas­sion comes from in­di­vid­u­als will­ing to adopt, and pri­vate char­i­ties/churches ca­pa­ble of or­ga­niz­ing adop­tions, and car­ing for those in need fi­nan­cially, emo­tion­ally, and spir­i­tu­ally. That way, so­ci­ety as a whole does not pay the price for the mis­takes of a few. Any­thing that is harder to come by, or re­quires more per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and sac­ri­fice to achieve, there is less of. If this weren't true, we would all be mil­lion­aires. And, af­ter all, isn't it ev­ery­one's goal for there to be less abor­tions, not more?

STEVE LEE

Lodi

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