Okay, I don't really think that Christians should be encouraging women to have more abortions. I don't think anyone should be encouraging women to have more abortions. The fewer abortions, the better. But I believe that Christians (or more specifically right-wing fundamentalist Christians) are trapped in a logical conundrum that maybe someone could explain to me.
These folks are against abortion. They are pro-life. They want every baby to be born. And once these babies are born, they want them to believe in Jesus, so that they'll be saved and go to Heaven. Say Amen.
Now if you've ever worried about what happens to the unborn "babies" who are aborted, you can relax. Christians will assure you that their souls will get a free pass into Heaven. (As well they should, for cryin' out loud. They didn't even have a chance to commit their first sin.) So even though they didn't get a chance to experience life on Earth, at least they'll spend eternity in Heaven. Say Amen.
So here's my question. What is the ultimate goal for Christians? Is it not to have as many souls as possible enter through the Pearly Gates? The more the merrier, right? In fact, I suspect that Heaven may have some kind of electronic counter that counts the souls as they enter The Kingdom.
Now let's assume that Christians get their way and abortion becomes illegal. Anybody who gets pregnant will be forced to have the baby, regardless of the circumstances. We'll have a surge in population as millions of babies will be born. And, according to Christian theology, it's unfortunate, but not all of those babies will grow up and find Jesus, and millions will have to spend eternity in the fiery pits of Hell.
Do you see where I'm going here? By outlawing abortion, Christians will have condemned millions of babies to Hell. For forever. And that's a long time. If, on the other hand, those millions of babies who ended up in Hell had been aborted, their souls would have caught a ride on the Heaven Express and would be partying with the angels above. Say Amen.
So who's better off? A baby who gets aborted but spends eternity in Heaven, or a baby who is born and lives a long and fruitful life on Earth, but alas, ends up catching brimstone in his teeth because he guessed wrong on the religion question? If you're a Christian, you're probably going to assert that your eternal life in Heaven is much more important than this silly little life we struggle through here on Earth. So how come you wanna force all those babies to be born and end up in Hell? Forever!
Feel free to take a moment to ponder.
Wouldn't everything make more sense and be much less complicated if we could just put the kabosh on this whole idea of an eternal soul? We could just focus on living a joyous and humane life on a planet on which we are all lucky enough to live; looking for ways to minimize abortions while allowing women and their doctors to make informed decisions about pregnancy.