A reader e-mailed recently to suggest I must be a religious fanatic, because I don’t support abortion.They wouldn't want to admit that they were wrong, would they? But they'll have to - eventually, in light of all the scientific evidence that keeps piling up:
He explained that the vast majority of people who oppose abortion are fundamentalist religious whackos who believe there’s a “spirit” in the fetus, and that’s why they object to aborting it.
News to me. I told him I hadn’t been to church in years, and religion had nothing to do with it. I just think it’s wrong to take someone else’s life without their consent. And I can’t convince myself that the roundish tendency you’ll notice among pregnant women results from something other than a life growing inside them. You don’t have to be the pope to believe a person’s life is their own, and the rest of us should keep our hands off.
He wasn’t buying. He’d convinced himself anyone opposed to abortion is a religious nut, and that’s all there was to it.
For years, religious people have been called backward and anti-science while pro-lifers actually couldn't wait for scientific and technological breakthroughs so we could all get a better look inside the womb and understand better what it is to be human. I think everyone must remember the first time they saw a 4-d ultrasound. It changes you. It's changed lots of people.So, who turns out to be the backward and anti-science crowd after all?
The unspoken message of the ultrasound is clear to all with an open heart: “I'm human—just like you.”