And here are some other thoughts…
I love the fact that the video addressed the rights of fathers. Sure, it is the woman who is pregnant, but a child belongs to both who create it, not just the woman. A father ought to have equal say in the rights of the child. It seems beyond wrong to me that a woman can choose to end the life of a child and the father legally can’t do anything about it.
The behaviour of ‘Laura’ also strike me as bizarre. Let me start by saying I think she has great intentions and is passionate about caring for women in crisis. But she talks about people who protest at ‘pro-life’ things as being offensive and abusive (which I have no doubt is true a lot of the time). However it is her who is the abusive one in this piece. She’s the one yelling abuse. It seems strange that she is doing the exact thing she is saying is horrible and disgusting. I understand that she is passionate and is letting her emotions take over, but it seems like an absurd response given her accusations.
I think the guy in this video shows a lot of passion and compassion. I am largely impressed with all that he says and does. And even if you disagree, you can’t fault his intentions. I don’t fault Laura’s intentions either, but I do fault her actions.
One of the other issues being raised is that of the trauma associated with giving a child up for adoption, or bringing a child into the world in ‘bad’ (in inverted commas because it has many meanings) circumstances. I agree that having a child under ‘bad’ circumstances would be difficult, and in some cases traumatic, but isn’t ending the life of a child of your own creation simply a different form of trauma? It seems to be adding to the trauma rather than removing it. I don’t think this solves the situation, but rather makes it worse. Surely it is creating another set of problems. Perhaps some would say these are ‘better’ (or ‘less worse’) problems, but I would not agree.