No matter how busy I might be, whenever I run across headlines such as “How My Christian Faith Inspired Me To Become An Abortion Provider” I will read what (in this case) abortionist Sarah Wallett has to say.
The common thread in these accounts is that their Christian faith (in Wallett’s words) taught them “compassion and empathy”; that “my duty [is] to help people in need and leave the world a better place than I found it”; and that “to withhold judgment and to extend acceptance to all.”
Wallett, of course, is oblivious to the fundamental truth that compassion and empathy ought also to be extended to the one most in need, the unborn child, and that extending “acceptance” is a blanket justification to pretend she has no second patient.
Ask yourself this. What is the opposite of “withhold[ing] judgment”? Finger-wagging? Saying ugly things to abortion-minded women? Of course not.
The opposite is empathy, for the mother who may believe abortion is her “only way out,” but also for the baby whose life is about to be extinguished. Of all the reasons why pro-abortionists do not “get us,” this is perhaps the most fundamental. We care about both mother and child.
Wallett laments at length the “stigma” that is attached to abortion, without ever exploring even for a second why it exists. She goes on to tell her readers, “Although not the same, being an abortion provider brings its own stigma.”
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The answer is that while Wallett may have persuaded herself that she became “an obstetrician-gynecologist knowing that providing abortions was an integral part of the care that women require and deserve,” real physicians don’t spend a decade or more of their lives preparing to kill unborn babies. They prepare to heal.
As a pro-abortion Christian (not a term she would use, of course), Wallett drops a single sentence about how she is received in her faith community:
I also now feel uncomfortable in my own faith community — a pillar in my life — because of a lack of acceptance for my work, and I have distanced myself from what was once a strong support system for me.
Wallett may sincerely believe her faith “inspired” her to be an abortionist, but for many/most Christians that is many, many steps too far. Which is why (evidenced by her remarks) her own faith community will not give her the approval she desires–or, better put, demands.
Pastor Paul Stallsworth put the true obligations of a Christian (physician or otherwise) succinctly and completely:
I believe that God’s love and God’s law, the Bible and the Tradition, as well as moral law and natural law, challenge the Church and the society to protect the unborn child and mother.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.