Today, I want to ask a simple hypothetical.
Last I wrote – months, and months ago – I started discussing abortion, a topic I’ll frequent several more times. I, like most conservatives, call myself pro-life. And in the wake of recent debates, it seems fitting to as the following:
Suppose I have, as an elected official, the power to sign legislation that will completely outlaw abortion in all areas under my jurisdiction, and provide the same needy mothers with all the resources they need to safely raise their children.
Suppose, too, that there’s a lot of these unborn children – say, 10,000.
I’m excited about the prospect, but statistics and population samples tell me a few worrisome things. For one, the best evidence we have suggests that roughly 1% of these 10,000 children will grow up to be psychopaths. And while not all people with psycopathy end up being serial killers, the idea that 100 potential serial killers will be amidst the population makes me hesitate.
There’s a fair to decent chance that one of the young boys will, in adolescence, take a gun to an elementary school and end dozens of young lives.
Some will murder; some will rape; some will rob. I have no control over where they will end up, to whom they’ll be neighbors, or whom they’ll work for.
If I don’t sign, it’s possible that many of the children will live – young parents do change minds, after all. It is almost certain, however, that a good portion will perish.
Keeping the potential danger in mind, do I sign the legislation?
If I don’t, can I call myself pro-life?
Ponder a while. I’ll compare answers in a future post.