How I became a pro-life person. And it’s not because of my Christian faith.
I was born in Baku, which was part of the former USSR. My parents were so-called “non-practicing Christians” which wasn’t as rare in Communist country, as some might think. We had one Armenian church, and walking to that church wasn’t really encouraged by government and society. There was no private, or religious school, we had a government-run education system from first grade to universities, where teachers were telling you how great socialism and communism are.
Having only two TV channels with 24/7 propaganda people didn’t know any better, unless they were listening to shortwave radio stations like Voice of America, or Radio Free Europe. That was a challenge, because government always tried to jam those stations, plus you had to worry about that your neighbors won’t hear you listening to something that wasn’t allowed.
Now back to a subject. As you can imagine I was young and stupid at that time. Dating girls without thinking about where that might lead you, I’ve been asked on many occasions by my friends: “What are you going to do, if she gets pregnant”? Without a pause my answer was “I don’t really care. She can have an abortion.” Right now, the answer I gave is horrifying to me, but then it was normal, because as I mentioned I was young and stupid.
I have to clarify the healthcare situation in former USSR when it came to pregnancy. We didn’t have any birth control pills which women could take. Condoms in pharmacies were nonexistent; you couldn’t buy them even you want it. Abortion was one of the primary birth control methods.
In September 1988 me and my mother, after 17 years of trying finally immigrated to United States. It was for me a happiest day. I didn’t care much about uncertainty of starting a new life without knowledge of English language, and having $60 in my pocket. I was just happy to get out. Politically, I didn’t know where I belong, all this Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal stuff was new and complicated for me. That’s until two years later that I realized that conservative ideology is much closer to my heart and mind than a Liberal one.
I have read books since my mother taught me how to read at age six. We had large collection of books at my house, thanks to my mother’s obsession with reading. I started reading everything we had from Big Soviet Encyclopedia, which had 30 books in all, to classic romances like Emile Zola, etc…..
My passion for reading stuck with me for the rest of my life. Reading books was the main reason my view on everything, including abortion started to evolve. I decided to write about this particular subject because I recently saw someone’s post on Twitter where he said that person didn’t have to be religious to be Pro-Life. And I completely agree with that.
One of the books, that made me become Pro-Life person that I am now was A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
He writes: “Welcome. And congratulations. I am delighted that you could make it. Getting here wasn’t easy, I know. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize. To begin with, for you to be here now trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate and intriguingly obliging manner to create you. It’s an arrangement so specialized and particular that it has never been tried before and will only exist this once. For the next many years (we hope) these tiny particles will uncomplainingly engage in all the billions of deft, cooperative efforts necessary to keep you intact and let you experience the supremely agreeable but generally underappreciated state known as existence..”
So here, nothing religious about this, but he makes a compelling Pro-Life argument probably without realizing that. Odds against someone to be born are unimaginable. Smarter people than me made almost the same argument. Read one of them here by Dr. Ali Binazir Are You a Miracle? On the Probability of Your Being Born
As you can see that you don’t have to be a deeply religious person to be Pro-life, and against Pro-abortion (pro-choice). Who do we think we are to deny life to somebody who just won the biggest, enormous, against all odds LIFE LOTTERY?
What can we do about? Making it unlawful and to punish with a prison sentence won’t stop it. Making illegal never stopped anything: drugs, alcohol, rape, murder, etc.… In my opinion, education is a key. If school doesn’t teach a human life values, then parents have to get involved. Our politicians instead of screaming for abortion ban, should push the legislature to lower adoption requirements. People don’t have to travel to China, or Africa to adopt a child. Doctors need to get involved and talk about alternative options to abortion, which is adoption. Person doesn’t need to commit placing a baby for adoption until that child is born, because she might fall in love with a kid and decides to keep it, which is always a good thing.
In conclusion. This is my first ever attempt to write anything, and I thank everyone who will read it. I know it’s a lot to go through someone who considers English as a 2nd if not 3rd language gibberish, and I don’t blame you if you didn’t finish reading it. As i said, this is my first ever written article (blog piece, random thoughts, you name it). I do have a lot to learn, and all this idea of writing is work in progress. Hopefully, I’ll get better at it. Thank You!