You want honesty? Here we go. (I hope that I am not going to regret this. Don't worry, no expletives here.)
I hate abortion. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I HATE ABORTION.
But you know what I also hate? I hate hunger. I hate abject poverty. I hate that children have drug addicts and alcoholics for parents. I hate that people live on the street and are reduced to begging for pennies. I hate that the United States welcomes some refugees who are fleeing political and religious persecution, but no one would help them.
I hated seeing orphans who became prostitutes because they felt it was their only choice. I hate seeing women in abusive relationships. I hate government sanctioned murder of the innocent.
I hate all of those things. And you know what? Here's more honesty. I am one person. One person. Seeing pictures like that makes me hate the world, hate that I have to work and raise money to pay off loans and feed my husband and me. It makes me feel useless.
I've been shown these pictures and have had people talk to me about me not knowing the evils of abortion. I KNOW. I also know that there are refugees and immigrants in my city who are completely homeless. I know that there are young children of immigrants who are put into bad schools and have a hard time getting around the system, and ultimately resort to gang life. I know that there are women who have been raped by their partners and are going through secret channels to change their identity and make sure that the man can never find them again.
This thread is entirely too much preaching to the choir, and like a punch in the face to me. I'm not littering this board with posts about the issues that I am most concerned about although I think there is a time and a place to discuss them and to take action.
Forgive me for only offering prayers for the moment and trying to be there for women who are struggling with pregnancy, as well as other actions that I will not specify here. I am not going to post fetus flags and lecture everyone because I am one person, and I, frankly, have other issues that I am more concerned with. And I can say the same for ANYONE. We all have our priorities and let's not pretend that we don't.
There, I said it. Abortion is not my number one concern, as much as I hate it. And I don't need a lecture about it. And frankly, all those images do is make me hate those who perpetrate it. I'll work with the "victims," thank you very much. That tears me up alone, and I even haven't had the time to do the work that I want to do, lately.
That is my struggle and God is the Judge of my soul.
And with that, I will bow out.