It is commonly believed that Christians don’t accept abortion. However, this practice still exists in many Christian denominations in certain cases. The underlying question is not whether women have the freedom to abort their children, but who and for what reasons?
Social studies have shown that many Christian communities have reached a widespread consensus that termination for PRIM reasons is acceptable. These circumstances include Prenatal health, Rape, Incest, and Mother’s health.
In a study conducted in 2013 by Pew Research Center on 11 Christians, only Roman Catholics said that they are against abortion in all cases. Other brands agreed that abortion is acceptable when the life of a woman is at risk.
Beyond Christianity, approximately 75 percent of the US population has consistently supported PRIM abortions since the 70s, which shows a widespread acceptance that a termination is a necessary act.
Christian consensus on PRIM abortions has driven mainstream public debates about this practice into a discussion about justification. Based on the reasons for terminating, pregnant women who want to abort can be divided into 2 groups: the damned and the tragic.
Those women who abort due to PRIM reasons are considered tragic. Thus, they deserve to have access to abortion services and public sympathy. On the other hands, women who terminate their pregnancy for other reasons are seen as morally unacceptable, cruel, selfish, and irresponsible.
However, only 27.5 percent of women abort due to PRIM reasons, meaning that around 75 percent of abortions in the US is unacceptable by many conservative Christian communities.
In the traditional framework of Christianity, we expect a pregnant woman to have a baby.
It’s time for Christians to question the misogyny, intolerance, and inadequacy of this framework of abortion and pregnancy. My deeply Christian mom taught me that, “You should only have a baby when you really want to be a mom and have a family. Don’t have a baby just because you are pregnant.” This Christian perspective acknowledges that that parenting can be a profoundly moral factor.
Having a baby means that you have to commit morally to raise it or to put it up for adoption. As only 1 percent of mothers put their children up for adoption, nearly all women who keep unplanned pregnancies decide to care for that child.
Raising kids and building stable families requires more than just giving birth to the babies. Indeed, it is a profoundly moral and spiritual task which involves love, desire, and commitment from parents.
In fact, narrowing the list of PRIM reasons by limiting the cultural acceptance of pregnant women’s about the timing, shape, and size of their families are against the teaching of Jesus that he existed to provide abundant life. This requires the recognition and support for developing stable and healthy. In other words, we should respect women and their moral decisions on their families.
If people really value stable families and women, they must agree that “I don’t want to have a child” is always an appropriate reason to terminate a pregnancy. And it is the pregnant women who are capable of making their own decisions.