by Bob Branco
As I write about this topic, keep in mind that I am speaking as a Christian. There has been so much debate about abortion, and I certainly will try not to add to it. As far as I’m concerned, a fetus has life. Unless the mother is in a life/death situation, no one should have the right to kill that fetus. It didn’t ask for these problems when it was conceived. Speaking of conception, I’m sure that many mothers decide to have abortions because they weren’t planning to conceive. Yet, as you know, stuff happens, and women conceive children anyway.
Now here’s the big question. What should these women do when they become pregnant unexpectedly?
Many people are pro-choice, and feel that there are times when women have the right to abort the fetus. At the same time, I believe there should be more education in schools about sex and how selective we should be about it. If you don’t have the parental skills yet, you shouldn’t think about having a baby. If you can’t afford to bring another person into this world, then don’t do it. I’m sure there are plenty of people who are ready to adopt unwanted children, but can we guarantee a perfect success rate? Unwanted children may find themselves with no positive direction, which means that they could add to all the problems we are facing in the world right now. Does this mean we have to abort them before they are born?
To me, it’s all about education, avoidance, and quality parent planning. I took two courses in sex education in Middle School, and I learned a lot from that experience. I know when it’s right and when it’s not right. I know that if my partner and I aren’t financially and emotionally prepared to have children, we absolutely wouldn’t. If more people felt that way, this country would be better off.
Judge Judy, one of my favorite courtroom judges on television, gets angry when her unemployed litigants come to her with many children from many fathers. Quite often, these fathers are in jail, and the mothers have to struggle. Like me, Judge Judy doesn’t understand it, and quite often she gets extremely passionate on the air about it so that millions of viewers can hear the message. I will close by repeating a quote I often express when talking about this subject. “If you can’t handle a baby, don’t make one.”
About the Author
Bob Branco resides in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and is a self-published author of four books. He is a community organizer, tutors persons with visual impairments, and has written columns for local and international organizations. Bob’s web site is www.dvorkin.com/robertbranco/.