Thursday, September 4, 2008

On Consequences

I have been thinking lately about consequences. This may have something to do with the fact that I recently had a Day of Reckoning at the dentist. (You can ask my wallet about the consequences of waiting too long between dental visits. I think I actually heard it say "Ouch".)

A month or so ago, "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd was quoted on all the news outlets saying that she had had "more abortions than she could count". She went on to say that she"carried a lot of shame and guilt about it, until a woman at a conference said “Sherri, when you get to heaven all your babies are going to be there."

I have not been able to stop thinking about this quote ever since I heard it. And there are many reasons, not just because abortion saddens me so deeply. I just find it so interesting that she felt guilty about her choices until someone told her that there were basically no consequences to her actions. She got rid of the babies by her own choice, but now that she's having those twinges of regret, well, it doesn't matter - she'll have her babies back in the next life.

My personal opinion? I don't think she will have those babies at all. I believe she lost the right to those children forever when she decided to abort them. And I also believe that any spirits that may have inhabited those bodies will go to other families who are willing to have them.

Abortion is a tragedy, no matter how you look at it. But sometimes I think an even greater tragedy is that we are being told there are no bad consequences to our actions. Do what you want, it doesn't matter. Have sex with that guy you met in a bar, and then just get rid of whatever byproduct occurs because of it. And if you decide you regret that decision in 30 years, well, it doesn't matter. You can still have those babies in the end, if you want them.

Well, I hope those babies went to people who did want them. And who will teach them about the consequences of their actions.


Evil HR Lady said...

Bonnie, this is a seriously profound post. I agree with you.

Megan B said...

Oh my goodness, I hadn't heard that quote from The View and I gasped when I read it on your blog. I'm in synch with you.

fiona said...

yeah, I hadn't heard that either, and I also, literally, gasped. I think you're right on about those little ones. That is so sad, more abortions than she can count? I've heard of the tremendous guilt ONE abortion can carry, but that many?

McConkie Family said...

I agree with you 100%. The thought that abortions do exist and happen just makes me want to curl up in a ball and hide. It's terrible. And thinking you can have those aborted children in the next life is ridiculous. There have to be consequences.

Julia said...

My first response to that insidious quote was, "Oh really?" Like the way you would say "Oh really?" when someone has just said, "I'm going to defy gravity and walk on the air." There are laws which are impossible for any sqirmy conscience to sidestep.

The Wolford Pack (Jen) said...

Wow! Really?! Someone actually believes that? Wow! I agree those who abort don't get the chance to be with their babies but it never occurred to me that those children would be born into other families. That makes perfect sense though. Agreed, this is a profound post! There are always consequences for every choice we make.