I am a Catholic.
As a result, I do my best to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church.
One of those teachings: No abortion:
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” ~ The Catechism of the Catholic Church (For further reading: The Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion)
I am against abortion, but I believe in a woman’s right to choose.
This is how:
I believe that every human being has free will.
Just like you can’t force someone to love you…
…God can’t force us to do what He says.
If a woman were to say to me “I’m getting an abortion,” I would do what I could to persuade her to not get one: 1) I would bring up stories of women who had an abortion and regretted it, 2) bring up stories of children who are thriving — either with their mother or in an adopted family — because they were allowed to be born, and 3) bring up all the data I could find that might persuade her.
But, in the end: Like God acknowledges my own free will…
…I must acknowledge a woman’s free will.*
I must acknowledge that the choice to have or not have a baby is not mine to make.
I hope and pray that the day will come when no woman will have an abortion.
I want to do what I can to be the light in the darkness that Jesus wants me to be. (Matthew 5:14 — 16) And one of the ways I be that “light in the darkness” is by acknowledging the fact that I can’t force anyone to do anything.
Though I, personally, am against abortion, I am “pro-choice” in the sense that I acknowledge, and will respect, a woman’s God-given free will.
Why will I “…respect a woman’s God-given free will”? One of the reasons why is because the alternative is for me to try and force a woman to do what I want her to through horrifying means like, for example, shaming her, threatening to kill her, or threatening to leave her/kick her out of my house, if she has an abortion. That is not what Jesus would do. Jesus wants me to love others no matter what, and that’s what I’m going to do. (John 15:12)
*I’m not saying I’m Adam. What I’m saying is: Like Adam, I am a sinful, imperfect human being whose free will God nonetheless respects. When Adam ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, God didn’t blast him to ashes. God respected Adam’s free will. Part of that “respect” meant allowing Adam to experience the consequences of his free will. The “consequences of his free will” being, for example, the need to cover up: Adam was no longer naked without shame. (Genesis 2:25)