Many attempts to serve others do not have such happy endings, and many women seeking abortions do not appear to be outwardly in need. Sadly, the Guttmacher Institute reported in 2017 that 23.7 percent of American women will have an abortion by the time they are forty and that the annual abortion rate as of 2014 was 14.6 per one thousand women of child-bearing age. But abortion is not just a policy or ideological debate; it is a deeply personal and spiritual issue in our communities, congregations, and families. And the only way forward is to speak the truth in love and be the Good Samaritan Christ calls us to be to everyone we encounter, for we are all made in His image.
By Bruce P. Baugus