It is common among leftist or feminist defenders of child killing to resort to a complaint that we pro-lifers mis-characterize mothers who abort their offspring as cold, calculating and calloused women who thoughtlessly throw away their young like leftover tissue paper. They may have a point. We mustn’t forget the human factor in this act. People rarely do such heinous crimes without some sense of conscience before, forboding during, and guilt afterwards.
A woman may have killed her unborn baby in spite of a conscience that warned her over and over that it is wrong. Is that what women mean when they say no abortion is an easy decision for a woman? That would be quite the admission wouldn’t it?
But that is not what they mean at all. What they really want us to do is applaud this courageous decision to do the right thing (kill their own child) in spite of all the pressure that pro-life people, society and their own misgivings put on them. Heroes is what they think they are!
But they are really just hardening their hearts to reality by justifying such an evil act. Or perhaps these guilt-ridden mothers (and all the surviving family members who helped) simply want us to hold them guiltless, now that they realize they don’t have a new baby to love. Sadly, they have not repented in this case, but their defense of abortion sounds more like an appeal to find the Menendez brothers not guilty of murdering their parents – because, look man, they are orphans!
Let’s not confuse guilt feelings with repentance as the Scriptures teach below
2 Corinthians 7:9-11
King James Version (KJV)
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
David is currently an adjunct instructor of Composition and Speech at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. His wife and he have also owned a business selling antique and collectible postcards on eBay since 1999. David was an activist with Operation Rescue in the early 1990s. He is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Reformed Church in Johnston, Iowa.