The Oct. 22 letter to the editor entitled “Gov’t Abortion Stance Leaves World’s Marginalized Women Unprotected” questions the wisdom of our government pursuing maternal health issues apart from abortion.
Is our government’s decision to pursue maternal health issues apart from abortion a wise one?
Perhaps philosopher Francis Beckwith’s warning is applicable here: “Be careful not to succumb to the fundamental confusion between the concept of ‘finding a solution’ and the concept of ‘eliminating a problem.’ One can eliminate the problem of a headache by cutting off one’s head just as a society can eliminate the problem of poverty by executing all the poor people, but these are obviously not real solutions, for they undermine the very moral sentiments that ground our compassion for poor people — namely, that they are humans of great worth and should be treated with dignity regardless of their predicament.”
Abortion may “eliminate a problem,” but it is not a real solution. The solution is not found in encouraging a mother to kill her child, but rather in seeking alternatives compassionate to both mother and child.
Therefore, our government’s decision to pursue maternal health issues apart from abortion is a good start toward protecting and supporting the lives of both mother and child and working toward a real solution and not just “eliminating a problem.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 25, 2013