The supreme court of the US has just overturned laws that restricted abortions. The logic is that a woman has the choice to control her own body. That is called Pro-choice. Would it not be a better choice if she chose not to get pregnant by using one of several contraceptive methods available? I do not think that choosing abortion and destroying a potential first class world citizen is a good choice.
The abortion issue is a very emotional one especially in North America and other developed countries. It has often become a political issue and is debated in the governments of countries. It is also the cause of confrontations between those who are pro-life, and those who are pro-choice. Many abortions used to be for the mother’s health. Most of the women who undergo abortions will not suffer severely, if allowed to proceed with their pregnancies. Most of the problems have a way of being solved by making a mental adjustment to the fact. Support is also available from family members and other support groups through counseling, financial aid and temporary shelter, etc.
Many reasons are given for requiring an abortion. A frequently given reason is the wellbeing of the mother-to-be. She is often depressed, or suffers anxiety and remorse. These problems can be dealt with reasonably well through counseling, emotional support and medication. There are much worse cases of depression and mental suffering in non-pregnant women and men, and they are dealt with through counseling, medication and other support systems. Another reason often given is financial. Either one or both parents are unemployed, or that they have too many bills to pay, or that there is just not enough money to support an additional child. Although there is poverty in the affluent countries, it is not likely that anyone will starve, have no clothing, or a dwelling place. Help is available through government and other social agencies. Economic adjustments can be made, and are made everyday, by people to meet changing circumstances in their lives. Another reason offered is damage to a future career. I have known young women who have decided to have their babies, even though it meant changes in their future plans. The parents of most of these young women have been very supportive, and have helped to take care of their babies. The babies could also be given up for adoption, without unduly interfering with the young women’s future plans. In North America there is a great shortage of babies for childless couples, who have to wait a number of years before any chance of having a baby, and even then many do not have a chance at all, unless they adopt from a third world country. Sometimes, abortion is used as a method of birth control for those who choose to be careless about contraception. It is not uncommon to find a woman undergoing two or three abortions. Abortions, required because of incest and rape, are really very few.
Sometimes the reason for seeking an abortion is the physical health of the mother. Such reasons would include cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, among others. The majority of these women can go through with their pregnancies with careful medical supervision. Some time ago, one of my patients had one of her breasts removed because of cancer, which had already spread to her lymph glands. She became pregnant shortly afterwards and she decided to keep her baby. She had a beautiful child whom she loved a great deal. She underwent chemotherapy. She died, but that baby was indeed fortunate to be granted life.
When women think that they need an abortion, and can be persuaded to forego it, they are happy and thankful. Once the baby is born the parents fall in love with the newborn. I have patients whom I have been able to dissuade from having an abortion. After their babies were born, they were happy and thankful that they did not have an abortion.
To understand the issue of abortion it is important to keep in mind certain generally accepted principles:
- Life is sacred. Every living thing, no matter how insignificant they may appear to us, wishes to maintain its life.
- A person will not undergo an operation to remove a healthy organ such as appendix, gallbladder, spleen, kidney, or even a finger. An abortion is a surgical procedure dealing with a normal process within the uterus. It would appear to be illogical to undergo a surgical operation to remove what is normal in the body.
- The fewer the babies that are born, the fewer will be the young people in the world. The elderly population will proportionately increase. This places a greater burden on society and government resources to look after an aged population. The elderly will increasingly be put in nursing and senior citizens’ homes away from loved ones.
- Every action will have a reaction. This is known as the Law of Karma. The more negative the action, the greater the negative consequences the person must face. In generally accepted laws of life, an abortion is definitely not a positive spiritual action. People who seek abortions know that there is a developing life. It only needs a maturing of the physical components of its body in order to manifest that life.
- All souls are born into a physical body for a certain reason. That reason is to unfold to a higher level of consciousness, and also to endure whatever must come to that soul because of its previous karmas. All things in nature tend towards growth and unfoldment of their potential. By an abortion that emerging soul is deprived from fulfilling its life as Divinely ordained.
- Every living being manifests the spirit of God. God is Omnipresent and is thus within the fetus, and in the mother. That Consciousness expresses itself through the soul that is given the opportunity to assume a physical body. The spirit of God is present from the moment of conception because without it conception and growth are not possible. Actually, conception takes place solely because the soul is exactly matched with the parents to be, and with all the circumstances of time, place, relations and other conditions, so that all karmic consequences are fulfilled according to the Divine Law of Karma. Those who seek abortions are ignorant of this fundamental law of God, and that He is never, even momentarily, separated from every living being. The soul embodied in the fetus has always existed, and is only undergoing one of its ‘phases’ in an Eternal existence. The soul, which is of God, cannot be destroyed any more than energy can be destroyed. The soul needs only maturity of its developing organs in order to maintain a separate existence from the mother. The soul does not ‘enter’ into the body with the first breath, nor does the soul enter the body at any time during fetal development. The soul is ever present from conception, and it must be allowed to manifest through a body in order to work out its karmas according to Divine plan.
Abortion is widely practiced in many parts of the world and countless potential humans are destroyed. In 2005, Canada had 97,000 abortions, and in 2010 it had 64,000 abortions. Canada has only 34,000,000 people. Can you imagine the number of abortions in the world? Here are figures from WHO, “According to WHO, “Every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.” (See link <http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/>
A more logical way of controlling birth would be proper practice of contraceptive methods that are widely available today. If a pregnancy results, the mother-to-be and society should welcome that pregnancy, and if the mother is really incapable of caring for the baby, then offer that baby up for adoption to some unfortunate, childless couple who are yearning to have a baby. Much less violence will be perpetrated, and all people will develop a greater reverence and empathy for life. This will inevitably result in a nobler way of living, and one that will karmically bring less negative effects in life. This is the whole purpose of human life – to grow mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
May God’s blessings be with you and may His Spirit be allowed to manifest life in this world.
Dr. Jagessar Das