News-Record & Sentinel, April 2017
I know it’s never a good idea to second-guess God, but I can’t help wondering if there couldn’t have been a better plan for humans to have children – one that doesn’t involve sex.
Better to let sex be the wonderful, intimate act and let getting pregnant happen another way. Then, people would have children when they want children. Then, too, women wouldn’t need to have abortions.
Yes, I said need to have abortions.
I believe that. I am not casual in my view of abortion. Abortions are terrible. They do take life. So many women are traumatized by the experience. I don’t consider myself “pro-choice” because that word sounds too flippant.
But a woman should not be forced to bring a life into a world where the child is not wanted, where he will suffer dysfunction and have no support and guidance for life. It’s cruelty.
Thousands of people in North Carolina, hundreds in Madison County, strongly disagree with me. They want abortion banned by law. They really want it banned. Abortion is the most important social and political issue there is.
I’m fine with that. I always try to have a spacious spirit that respects other people’s views that are different from mine.
But the abortion issue is different, very different. It’s not like doing yardwork on the Lord’s Day (which I don’t do out of respect for my neighbors). It’s not like capital punishment or nuclear power, where I disagree with liberals.
It’s different because people for whom abortion is most important vote for anti-abortion candidates, even if the candidate knosw little or nothing about the people’s needs – like our Michele Presnell.
Everybody reading this opinion page is well-informed. They know that the GOP majorities in Raleigh run the General Assembly more like a crime syndicate than a real state legislature. They know about the Berger-Moore Family’s “legislative coup” last December against the incoming Democratic governor. And before that, they saw all the underworld-style stunts: rushed-up special sessions, ambush agendas, late-night votes and parliamentary bullying.
GOP leadership is obsessed with staying in power at all costs. They don’t engage in the great legislative deeds that made North Carolina a bright light in the South for decades. And the puppets like Presnell are the Family’s foot soldiers. They vote like they’re told to vote. They’re enablers.
That’s where I am. When I see a headline from Raleigh about another Republican outrage, I grind my teeth and think: Michele Presnell helped with that! And I wish crazy things like a redesign of human procreation.
The enablers do nothing, collect their $14,000 and promise when they come home that they’ll vote against abortion – if the issue ever comes up – and they do strange things like making school boards partisan.
I would really hope that many who vote strictly Republican on abortion grounds will open your windows to a candidate who will grow calluses working for us. I think we all know that the days ahead will require some serious problem-solving.