I was recently challenged by a commentator I heard asking the question, “What are you doing to make America a better place? Do you have things to say that might make even the smallest difference in this country?” No wonder our country is in such a mess. Our country has become so politically minded that it is no earthly good. I have some ideas that someone might consider or even think might work, but who cares? I think the “silent majority,” whoever that is, has been silent long enough.
I am extremely sorry to see how the issue of abortion has torn our country apart and the level of hatred that has brought about. My fear is that the issue will never be resolved in court. You cannot legislate morals or heart issues. I believe this issue is not going away soon an that the answer lies in education and knowledge. Even the Bible says that “people perish for lack of knowledge,” and how many humans have perished because people did not know the truth about what was going to happen to their bodies, minds, emotions in an irreversible action because they did not know the facts?
Why is it that when a person wants to get a driver’s license, they have to apply for one, be educated in the rules of the road and then be tested in order to show that they understand. If a person wants to become a legal citizen, they need to apply, be educated in exactly what that means, be tested and even take an oath before that citizenship becomes valid. Why then can anyone walk into an abortion clinic without anyone’s knowledge or permission (even a parent’s knowledge if the child is a teenager, which is an absolute disgrace) with no education as to what is about to happen and the consequences of their choice or alternative choices?
My solution is to have everyone desiring to have an abortion file an application, be completely educated in the issues involved as well as viewing an actual abortion taking place (filmed, of course), mandatory ultrasound to view the baby living in them, hear testimonies of those who have chosen that path and the physical and emotional experiences they have encountered as well as alternative options out there. Once they have completed the requirements, if both the mother and father agree to go ahead and have the abortion, let them do it in safety.
Another question is, what has happened to the father in all of this? Where are his rights and responsibilities? Why does he have no say? Why doesn’t he have a chance to raise that child or his parents be grandparents if the mother isn’t interested?
Maybe this isn’t an ideal situation, but at least it’s something. All I hear or read about are the effects of this terrible dilemma, but no one seems to have a solution. Do you have a better idea?