Nolen: N.D. amendment doesn’t make abortion go away
With the passage of its personhood amendment the other day, North Dakotans put an end to women getting abortions in their state. They also voted to close the only abortion clinic in their state.
I guess you could say the pro-life people finally won a round. Actually, Roe v. Wade stayed around longer than I thought it would without a serious challenge. After all, the pro-life forces have worked hard and diligently to get rid of it.
People who are against the Roe v. Wade decision, I have always felt, are very serious about their beliefs. I am a Christian and I am against the taking of life. But I also understand what it is like to be in a position where one feels a sense of desperation.
It would be wonderful if every young mother could find a married woman in search of a child to take her child and be responsible for it. Those who believe in saving a womanís life are not evil people. They believe in making it possible for those who have made a mistake to carry on their lives without pain.
So now, Iím sure the people of North Dakota feel that they have resolved themselves of the burden of having to be responsible for the death of children in their state. If only salvation was that easy. If only we could pass laws and exonerate ourselves from all evil. But, of course, we canít. We cannot stop unemployment, we cannot stop people from divorcing each other, we cannot save people from falling into the hands of dishonest people. We cannot prevent poverty or keep everybody out of trouble.
I remember the first time a young woman told me that she was using abortion as a form of birth control. I was shocked into disability. I tried to counsel her. Since that time, I have met parents who disapprove of birth control who have led their children down this path. Parents who insist that their children remain celibate are living in hope. So, I donít really know the answer to this problem for Christians. And I donít really think the people of North Dakota have found it, either.
One of the things that I think people find hardest to understand is that we are not all at the same point in our understanding. Some people are brought up in traditional Protestant or Catholic churches, some are brought up in nondenominational evangelical churches and many are brought up outside of church membership. This has not always been so. A few years ago, almost all families belonged to a church and many followed the same rules.
Americans are no longer people who think and behave like a single group. Nowadays, we tend to all be going our separate ways. A lot of people have no problem with abortion. Others, like the people of North Dakota, find their way out of it.
Letís hope for the best.
Every time we have an opportunity, we hope that the snow will go away forever. Then, we look up and it has come to visit us again.
Iíve finally had to admit that I donít understand climate change. I guess Iíll have to go back in my old science books and study the subject.
I think Iíll like it once I understand it. After all, I can live with a couple of snows a year. Itís the other five or six I can do without. How about you?
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