BELFAST ABORTION CASE
THIS WEEK a young Northern Ireland woman was given a 3 month suspended sentence for using internet obtained drugs to cause her to abort.
The case was brought to police attention after her house mates found the aborted baby in a refuse bag!
The woman claimed that she did not have the money to travel to England where she could have procured a perfectly legal professional abortion.
Pro abortion groups want the English law extended to Northern Ireland. Anti abortion groups want even bigger sentences for what the young woman did.
Apparently the young woman is now 21 years old and has a baby with a new partner.
I found the whole case disturbing. I was particularly disturbed that the young woman just put the aborted baby in a rubbish bag and left it around for other people to find!
In our house here there is a budgie cage. If a budgie dies I would not dream of just popping it in the rubbish bin. I generally put it in a little box and bury it. For me the death of any creature is a tragedy (even if natural) and I think its remains should be treated with respect - given that it once had a life force.
The thought of putting an aborted baby in a rubbish bag and leaving it around haunted me and I had to put it out of my mind a few times in order to go asleep.
Please do not get me wrong. I am not a typical "Pro Life" campaigner. I understand how a girl or woman can find herself with an unwanted pregnancy.
For years now I have supported and counselled women who have had abortions and where they felt guilty have encouraged them to "forgive" themselves. WHEN ASKED I have also said that God would forgive them.
But to me abortion is never a GOOD thing. At best, from the moral point of view it is the LESSER OF TWO EVILS - in those cases where there is a choice between the life of the mother and the life of the baby.
I can see the moral arguments too in the case of where women have been the victims of rape or sexual abuse.
With the wide availability of all kinds of contraceptives - abortion does not really have to be one method.
I am one of those people who believes that life begins at the moment of conception.
Some people say that is is the woman's own choice about what happens to her body. While there is some validity in saying that I also think that the UNBORN also has rights.
I also believe that the father of the baby must have some rights.
I understand that this area is a deeply contested area and I respect what others think.
In the end it is a matter for the citizens of a nation to decide what the laws on abortion are.
And if we are believers or Christians and believe that God regards abortion as the killing of innocent human life then God will judge or punish in his own way and in his own time.
But I still cannot get my head around any person having an abortion and placing the aborted baby in a black bag and leaving it around for someone to find!