Casual Abortion

April 9, 1999

For years people have been talking about casual sex, but I guess I never thought I would hear people talk about a casual abortion. A classic example of that seen by a Superbowl-sized audience occurred when Monica Lewinsky casually told Barbara Walters that she'd had an abortion while dating a Pentagon official. For a woman without shame, it came off her lips like it was no big deal. For her I can only assume it wasn't.

But that is only one example. A mother named Lorena recounts a similar episode in a column in the Wall Street Journal. She says, "While my daughter played with some local children I sat with their mothers: a friendly, 28-year-old woman from Ohio and a slightly older woman whose husband had just been notified that he was being posted to Africa in June."

After talking about kids, baby sitters, and grocery stores, the subject turned to doctors and that led to an unexpected comment about abortion. "The older woman explained: The same week that Bob got his warning that we have to go overseas, I missed my period. And I thought to myself, ‘Oh, no, not another abortion.'"

"Oh, I know, said the other. It's so expensive, and you feel sick for days afterward." The older woman replied, "And right in the middle of moving. But it turned out to be a false alarm."

You know, abortion proponents say choosing abortion is a traumatic decision not entered into lightly. It's supposed to be the lesser of all evils. A difficult decision made after all the consequences are considered.

Perhaps that is true for many abortions, but the cultural message being sent today is that it's no big deal. Whether it's Monica Lewinsky on national television or a middle-class, stay-at-home mom sitting at a park, more and more women are acting far too casual about abortion.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.