In addition to the carnage of abortion, there is this little tidbit:
More than 1 million abortions took place in the U.S. in 2008, and about half of women getting an abortion had already had one before.
This is a serious problem on several levels. Demographic, political, and–yes–spiritual.
A little over 20 years ago, among women who had abortions, women who had multiple abortions were the minority. Now, we are reaching a critical mass where the women killing their children are doing it multiple times.
Compounding matters, we have reached the point where nearly half of all women–between 15 and 44–have had an abortion.
From the standpoint of male-female relations, this further muddies the waters. If you are a single man and the woman you are dating has EVER had sex, there is a significant chance that she has blood on her hands. Think of the implications of that for a while…
In 2008, Suzanne Hadley Gosselin–an ally of mine at Boundless–presented a list of hard questions that women should ask the men. (I’d link to the article, but due to the re-design of the Boundless website, the articles are difficult to find and the links I had are broken.)
FWIW: I had no problem with her list, while including some of my own. Back then I mentioned that a man may need to ask a gal–who is not a virgin–if she’s ever been pregnant, because of the risk that she may have post-abortion baggage that she’s carrying. That is even more the case now. In fact, a man may have about the same chance of landing a gal who has blood on her hands, as a gal has of landing a man with a porn addiction.
Oh, and while I am on the soapbox, while the male leaders in the Church do a wonderful job calling attention to the porn issues among the men, there is almost no mention of the abortion issues among the ladies.
(When abortion IS addressed, it’s in the general, national sense: with mention of the political and demographic issues.)
But what rarely gets coverage: there are a mother lode of mothers in the pews–and fathers who enabled them–who have such skeletons. Pastors rarely bring it up, and one must wonder if–due to the demographics of those occupying the pews and putting the money into the offering plate–that the factor driving the lack of coverage of this matter has to do with a lack of courage.
This is not to say that we shouldn’t call men out on porn; we absolutely should do that. Ditto for women who delve into such media.
That said, we also need to address–soberly–the abortion elephant in the room. It is a very large one, and it is defecating all over the place.