There is a lot of heat in the ongoing abortion debate, but there is very little light.
Today is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court of the United States through which women have the legal right to terminate their pregnancies up to the point where the child may live on its own.
Anti-abortion activists claim that pro-choice activists "murder babies."
Pro-choice activists claim that anti-abortion activists "don't care about women" and "want to pass laws about their vaginas."
Both claims are, in this case, hyperbolic and ridiculous.
Roe was decided because, before it was legal, women sought and received abortions from sympathetic or enterprising physicians (or others, sometimes resulting in death from infection or hemorrhage). So it seems likely that since abortion happened before Roe, overturning Roe won't end abortions.
People have, for thousands of years, abandoned or outright killed their very young or their very old. Babies were abandoned or killed because of birth defects or lack of resources for their care. Very old people were often killed or abandoned because of sickness or lack of mobility. So it seems unlikely that this issue is unique to the 20th and 21st centuries.
What if the best way to end abortions has nothing to do with political activism or the SCOTUS?
Cultures and societies have killed their babies and their old for millenia. It didn't start with Roe/Wade, and it won't end there, either.
I think it's our job- or at least I see it as mine- to make a difference in the circles of people I interact with to raise awareness of the preciousness, the sanctity of life. If you change hearts and minds, abortion will stop, the law notwithstanding.
Pax et bonum