When Murder is OK

“I murdered the life within me,” says the Reverend Donna Schaper.

I happen to agree that abortion is a form of murder. I think the quarrel about when life begins is disrespectful to the fetus. I know I murdered the life within me. I could have loved that life but chose not to. I did what men do all the time when they take us to war: they choose violence because, while they believe it is bad, it is still better than the alternatives.

But she has no regrets. “I did what was right for me, for my family, for my work, for my husband, and for my three children.”

Touchstone reflects on this, and on Jim Wallis’ efforts to “neutralize” the abortion issue.