Lots of wonderful women in my life have been incredibly awesome and inspired me, starting with my beautiful mother, wonderful Oma (grandmother), my wife, and my lovely daughters.
As I learned early on, girls can truly be "sugar and spice and everything nice."
How society could have for millennia and in many places in the world still do today subjugate and abuse women is beyond comprehension.
- Women are not property!
- Women are not servants!
- Women are not to be used or abused!
Like all human beings, women are to be respected, treated in every way as equals, and loved and cared for as all G-d creations fully deserve.
What about though the issue of the right to choose whether to have or abort a baby?
While I feel we need to fully respect women's rights, I think we also need to consider the baby's rights.
Of course, where rape or incest is involved, or there are known serious birth defects that would make the child's life painful or miserable, or when there is serious risk to the life of the mother or child, then by all means, the mother and father need to make a very difficult choice.
Otherwise, we are duty bound to protect the child just as we protect the mother--these are G-d's creations and not just for the choosing and taking.
Life is life!
Murder is murder!
It's common sense to be pro-choice to minimize danger, pain, and suffering to baby and mother.
It's justice to be pro-life when baby and mother are blessed and well.
Really, it's no different than how we treat anyone else--for example, we need to allow physician-assisted suicide when the pain and suffering dictates this to be merciful, and we need to do everything to protect and save life when their is still ample hope.
There is a time when a mother and father must choose and a time when the choice ultimately belongs to G-d.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)