I am very sympathetic to the distress. I have been pregnant several times. But sympathy and compassion are not incompatible with the expectation that people exercise personal responsibility. Even if you messed up, even if you are in a very dire situation and you should be helped, you do not get to evade personal responsibility towards your unborn child.
Let me illustrate: When you’re pregnant, you don’t get to evade your responsibility towards your born children. So if a pregnant woman deliberately decided not to feed her born children because she needed to use the money to pay the rent, people might feel sympathy about her financial situation, but that wouldn’t give her the right to deprive food from her children in order to keep a roof over her head. She would have to find a solution that both pays her rent and feeds her children. Did you notice how the expectation she should feed her children was not incompatible with compassion? You can feel sympathy, pity and distress, and offer to help, but you still expect her to feed her kids.
It`s the same with pregnant women and their unborn children.
All this talk about compassion, and I see precious little compassion towards the unborn child on the part of abortion advocates.
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