In a recent article in the Des Moines Register, Iowa State Representative Matt Windschitl made comments that has stirred debate among many Iowans (“A New Battle Taking Shape on Abortion,” Dec. 8). Among those comments, he stated a goal whereas Iowa would be free from the controversial procedure known as abortion.
Windschitl, along with other pro-life representatives, has been energized by the recent elections that saw Republicans gain control of the Iowa House and the governorship. Windschitl told POLITICO in an interview that, “There’s a great deal of opportunity now that I’ve never seen before.” As urbanchristiannews.com reports, Windschitl now believes that, “his bill banning late-term abortion, which he plans to introduce next year, has a fighting chance at passing.”
Abortion obviously is a contentious subject, as evidenced by several bloggers at desmoinesregister.com rebutting Windschitl’s position. Ironically, many of these comments come from people who take issue with the government intruding on the woman’s right to choose. Edward Nydle from Ottumwa comments how the “State has no business meddling in medicine.” Marsha Dorhout from Norwalk mentions how Windschitl must not have understood what life was like prior to 1973 (an obvious reference to the United States Supreme Court legalizing abortion.) However, when it comes to subsidizing abortions, many pro-choice activists lobby the government heavily to force taxpayers to provide for abortions through onerous legislation. This action, of course, is in direct violation of many Christians’ faith and forces them to participate in a procedure that indirectly goes against their conscience.
It’s no secret that many pro-life supporters in Des Moines, and throughout Iowa, cite the Bible as reference to reasons why they oppose abortion. What is not as obvious are the other impassioned reasons why abortion tears at their hearts. One reason is the effect abortion has on society. Pro-choice advocates claim that this decision is between them and their doctor. The reality is that abortion affects everyone, particularly the mother in question. This can include long-term complications such as infections, psychological and emotional damage, and even an increased risk of miscarriage in future pregnancies. But this also has far-reaching effects on the fathers, family, and the close-knit circle of friends that care about the mother and the unborn baby. Also affected, but not as commonly known, are the health care providers that perform or are involved in the abortions. Many of these providers profess regret after exposure to the procedure that eventually convicted their conscience.
So what really is at the source of why abortion is feverishly advocated in Des Moines? There are many reasons given, but at the basic level the real reason can be traced back to the core of the human condition: selfishness. This is not to say that there may not be exceptions, merely to state that there are typically viable solutions apart from abortion. In an interview with Shelby Spencer, a prior volunteer with a pro-life counseling center, she has witnessed first-hand some of the concerns of women contemplating abortion. One common reason given for wanting an abortion is because they would rather terminate a pregnancy than to know an unknown family would be raising a child they brought into the world. The premise behind this thought is that if they originally believed they could give the baby up for adoption, they would generally change their minds afterwards after carrying the baby for 9 months inside their womb.
Pregnancy can be a difficult period in a woman’s (and even a man’s) life. There are obvious choices to be made. However, in the middle of the corrosive discourse surrounding abortion, it sometimes is difficult to know what the right choice is. Common sense would say that there is life inside the womb. The Bible would say that God formed each one. When someone chooses to terminate a life, there is a certain fact that deserves consideration: there is no turning back. There are options available, however, apart from abortion. Consider what was written from those who have had these procedures done: “95 per cent of women who have had abortions said that their Planned Parenthood counselors gave ‘…little or no biological information about the fetus which the abortion would destroy.’” Given the weight of this important matter, wouldn’t it be prudent to find a more reliable source of information and get all the facts?