There is No Pro-Abortion

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

5 Responses

  1. Yes, yes, yes. When we remove “abortion” from a strictly political context, we can move forward. Together. I was just talking with my wife about this same topic the other day, and our language. We are absolutely against abortions, but the way we go about helping abortions come to an end is, as you say, through love. Let’s take care of not only the women in our communities, but support each other (men and women) so we can also get rid violent acts toward women that could lead to situations of abortions, e.g. rape.

    Laws change with the wind. Love doesn’t.

    Nicely stated there, Ryan.

  2. Well done, Ryan! Good article!

    I know one of the push-backs you’ll hear from the more militant anti-abortion crowd is that there are folks like Margaret Sanger (Planned Parenthood founder) and Peter Singer who are more for the idea of eugenics and breeding better people and aborting to save “wasted resources”. That rhetoric IS out there and can be found… so there are some folks who probably could be said to be pro-abortion… but I would go right along with you that those are very MUCH the exceptions and certainly not the rule and they are the very EXTREME side of things… and if experience says anything, it says that the EXTREME ends of things have a very sparse population compared to the middle of the bell curve (how’s THAT for a math geek reference).

    • Fair enough. I haven’t listened to those people enough to say very confidently what they think. Based on what you say, they clearly have a much farther back line of when it is allowable, but is that the same thing as saying that they enjoy it? If they could breed better people without abortion – just pain-free blocking pregnancy from those who shouldn’t have children in the first place, for example – then they probably would prefer that. In any case, even if they do really enjoy and want abortions for their own sake, you are correct that they are extreme exceptions to the rule.

      • Andrew Mugford says:

        I admit, I disagree with the absolute statement that you make for the reasons, or people, that Robert cites. Those who are influenced by eugenics-minded thinking, are not interested just in breeding perfect people, but in culling the existing population of imperfections.

        …. and I don’t consider myself militant… though maybe I’m wrong about that. 😉

        • My point in the above reply: if one of these people were given the opportunity to painlessly block the pregnancy of people they don’t think should be reproducing rather than putting that woman through an abortion, would they do it? Maybe I’m wrong since I’ve never asked these people that question, but I can’t imagine anybody saying that they actually like abortions for their own sake and not just as the best currently-available means to an end (a very problematic end in this case).