2009 Conference Videos: Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale
We do ourselves self-destructive wrong when we talk about abortion as a tragedy. When a woman gets pregnant against her will, it's the violence that's the tragedy, not the abortion. When a woman might want to bear and raise a child but finds she can't do it because she doesn't have access to health care, or daycare, or enough income to provide a home for that child, it's the lack of justice that's the tragedy, not the abortion. When a woman plans for a pregnancy, desperately wants it, has decorated a nursery, named the baby, and then, in the last few weeks of that pregnancy discovers that child cannot live, that her fetus is never going to be her baby, that there are anomalies incompatible with life, and discovers an abortion is necessary to preserve her own life and health, and to end the suffering of this child that is not to be, it's the loss of hopes and dreams that's the tragedy. Not the abortion.
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