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China’s One-Child Policy and America’s No-More-Child Policy

Posted on Mar 28, 2014

By The Rev. Madison Shockley

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We consider that a miscarriage has no moral content because we attribute it to God or nature. We say, “God knew that the fetus would not survive.” Thus we accept that the process of human gestation was interrupted by natural forces. But if women are partners with God then do they not also have moral authority to interrupt the process of human gestation? Do they not have the moral authority to act when they know that the fetus will not survive? Oh but when she does it, we don’t call it a miscarriage—we call it an abortion.

We the 15 denominations and faith traditions that comprise the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice have come together to support women who face this very difficult decision. We aim to empower women with the moral authority they inherently possess and to confer upon them the moral support of their faith communities.

If human beings took anything out of the Garden of Eden, it was free will. Many submit that it is the free will of human beings that most reflects the image of God. We certainly don’t look like God.

When a woman is faced with a medical complication so severe that the choice is between the life of the fetus and her own life, she not only has the moral authority to choose her own life but in regard to her other children who depend on her, her husband who loves her, her family who needs her and her God who created her, she has a moral obligation to choose her life.

When a woman has been robbed of her God given free will by the violence of rape, she not only has the moral authority to reclaim her will by choosing her own life but a moral obligation to determine for herself whether, when and how many children to bear.

And when a government, Chinese or American, seeks to deprive a woman of the free will of her conscience, given to her by God, and legislates that should she fail to bring every pregnancy to full term delivery, she has committed a crime and shall be punished by a levy against her resources and the imprisonment of her body, she and we have a spiritual, moral and civic duty to resist, defy and deny that government’s attempts to convert her womanhood into a means of production for its political economy. We the people of the United States of America must repel those among us who would diminish the humanity of any of our citizens by the coercion of their very persons for purposes alien to their conscience, dangerous to their health and in contradiction to their faith.

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