Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Church- Dictating Morality for Utopia

My mother regularly listens to Love 101 FM, on which I overheard a few sermons about the “moral evil” abortion. The church preposterously presents a moral argument against it, while clearly ignoring conspicuous reasons why such measures might be necessary. The embarrassing reality is that too many children are born out of wedlock, to undereducated and often unemployed mothers, and to negligent or absentee fathers. These women have little chance of escaping the unyielding claws of poverty and abuse, which their children almost invariably get trapped by in a most vicious cycle. Women facing such situations understandably decide to abort their unwanted embryos and legalization of such action would minimize the health risks they face in their resolve to abort their pregnancies regardless of prohibitive laws.

Admonitions to seek God and to live responsibly are simply not enough. Sadly, the world does NOT work this way. Jamaica needs practical solutions to a perpetual problem. The church views the legalization of abortion as the pinnacle of moral depravity and degradation, so it seems logical for them to be most proactive in facilitating possible solutions. How about church run daycares for mothers who desire to go to work or continue their education after having children they are not ready for? Further, Jamaica needs to invest heavily in social programs to keep at risk youth busy, so they will not fall prey to beguiling decadent lifestyles. I am tired of listening to self-righteous ignoramuses who refuse to recognize people as imperfect and deserving of forgiveness. The church should stop dictating morality if it is not able to offer tangible help to inevitably struggling mothers and children!

It is no surprise that criminals are often from women led, single parent households, which struggle to afford food and other basic necessities. My sister in repeating the popular sentiment that ‘di stuon we di bilda rifuuz aafn bikom di ed kaanastuon,’ added an interesting twist: ‘bot somtaim dat siem stuon kom fi mash di uol bildin dong!’ In the absence of a host of crucial support services for unwanted children and their often vulnerable mothers, abortion SHOULD be legalized. I say ENOUGH blabbering from the church! In the face of truculent criminality and social ills, Jamaica needs less talk and more action!


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