A: Abortion is a complex issue and should be treated as such. I have grappled with this issue theologically and philosophically as have so many others. Ultimately, it is compassion that informs my belief in the right to choose because abortion is often a necessity. None of the doctors, nurses or patients I met who were involved in these procedures made their decisions lightly and all were up front about the risks and benefits of abortion and supported their patients no matter what choice was made. I think as a society we wish that we could live in a world where everything has an easy answer and you just have to be on the “good” side to live a godly life. The reality, however, is that life is full of difficult choices and a lot of gray zones where we use our minds and hearts to navigate through these troublesome issues. I’m certain that the Supreme Court justices involved in Roe V. Wade gave the matter careful consideration and, informed by their ethics and their faiths, made the decision to legalize abortion
Q: Many anti-choice people cite religion as a reason to restrict abortion access or make it illegal; how would you respond to that?
I respond the same way that I respond when people try to curtail the rights of anyone because of their belief system which is that I encourage them to look at the issue through a different lens. It is easy to condemn someone when we don’t know their struggles and the difficulties they have had to endure. It is easy for those not faced with these tough decisions to simplify matters to “black or white” theology. Even the staunchest anti-choice people I have met would agree to an abortion if a pregnant woman’s life is endangered. It is a difficult choice but a necessary choice, just as any of the choices regarding having an abortion.
Q: How do you think your counseling has impacted or helped women who are considering or have had an abortion?
I hope it has helped. My goal is to let people know that God (in whatever way they relate to God) loves them and that they are not alone in this. I do this because I know there are going to be those that judge them for the choice they made or will tell them they are going to hell or that this was all their fault. This is not how I chose to counsel, because one of the main tenets of Christianity is to be non-judgmental and Jesus, according to the Gospels, got in trouble specifically because he fraternized with people who others were judging as “less-than”.