Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Not Insignificant Questions. (Letters)

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Not Insignificant Questions. (Letters)

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* I appreciated your deliberation of the abortion issue in the United States (NCR, Jan. 17). If we truly believe that God has revealed himself through nature, why aren't we devoting far more of our energy to exploring abortion itself, especially with an open mind? There seem to me to be so many unanswered questions on so many different levels. On the level of a woman's understanding and life experience, what makes abortion attractive and what makes it unattractive? On the level of biology, why do women sometimes naturally abort fetuses? Is there some hidden psychological-biological connection between a woman's desire to bear a child and her womb's willingness to receive one? On the level of the physical-spiritual, what is the nature of the body's linkage to the soul and how is this linkage maintained or broken? On the level of psychology, what is the nature of the relationship between mother and child, especially in how they bond and now they separate? On the level of human experience as well as our mythic interpretation of that experience, what message is being communicated to us by reports of near death and-out-of-body experiences, personal dreams and visions as these relate to abortion?

These are not insignificant questions, nor should they be set aside simply because we're uncertain of arriving at ultimate or final answers. We know only too well the benefits of pure, unbiased research into nature. So many treasures lie hidden. We should not avoid exploration of the abortion issue in all of its dimensions simply because we feel unprepared to face uncertain results. We are a people of faith that believe God is present in our lives as well as in nature, no matter how uncertain we find our circumstances and understandings. We have been critical of the artificial divide between science and religion, but we seem reluctant to allow the barrier to come down when it comes to questions like abortion. …

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