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Why Is 
Forced Motherhood 
(Abortion) 
A Religious Freedom Issue ?

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        Because:
           We don’t know  What
Life Is,°
              We don’t know   What a Human Being Actually Is,
                  We don’t know 
When an Independent Human Life Begins,
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                      And we have no way to find out.

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     The basic abortion question is not about
whether or not there is a physical body in the womb.

        It's is not about whether on not
the zygote/ embryo/ fetus is alive, human, and unique.

    The real question is:
     
What is Life and where is it located?
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Is life the physical body, itself?
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      or is life in the
spirit which inhabits the physical body?
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    Is the anti-abortionist version of Christian " one-life-ism" correct?    Is a human a brand new being  created AS a physical body by God at conception?°   Is a human being his/her physical body?   Does God step in and create a brand new human being at EVERY time a human egg and sperm unite? 

If the forced motherhood promoters are correct, then abortion is, indeed taking a life, and secular laws are appropriate.   But, they have a serious problem.   They have no way to prove their claims, and there is a far more logical alternative belief.

     Are reincarnation religions correct?   Is a human being an eternal spirit temporarily managing a human physical body?°

     Is life in the spirit° which enters into and temporarily uses a physical body to connect to and experience earth-plane reality?   Numerous passages in the Christian Bible° support this conclusion.   Billions of non-fundamentals Christians  believe in reincarnation)°   If those who believe in reincarnation are correct,  then aborting an embryo is similar to halting work on a construction site, and secular laws prohibiting abortion are nothing more than disguised forms of religious tyranny.

    There are widely divergent conflicting beliefs°   about the answers to these questions, and there are no provable answers.°   Thus, the question,  "Is abortion right or wrong?,  belongs the realm of religion and philosophy where it has been hotly debated for centuries.   

    In a free society, beliefs about reality, including guesswork, conjecture, speculation, and  Medieval religious fairytales°  are not the basis for passing secular laws  which force one group's religious beliefs onto everyone else.   Attempting to do so clearly violates our God-granted and Constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom!

    Are the atheists correct?°   Are humans only clumps of dust that have somehow  magically acquired a consciousness -- a consciousness that will cease to be when the physical body dies? 

Before legislators can ethically pass laws restricting abortion, they must first provide provable answers to every singe one of the above questions:

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The "I Am My Body"  Proclamation 
       Is Un-provable:

Is a human being his/her physical body as the fundamentalist Christians claim?   Does God really step in and create a brand new human being EVERY time a human egg and sperm unite?°  If the forced motherhood promoters are correct, then abortion is, indeed taking a life, and secular laws are appropriate.   But, they have a serious problem.   They have no way to prove their claims, and strong evidence points to a different conclusion.

Forced motherhood war is based on the un-provable, religious belief  that  "a human being is his/her physical body."   This faith-based belief conflicts with the scientific evidence which tells us that matter is not matter at all -- that everything that appears to be physical is actually only energy -- and that this non physical energy is controlled by consciousness.   

Science has yet to find any evidence as to what human consciousness is or where it is located.   No evidence whatsoever has ever been found indicating that human  consciousness is part of the physical body.   You might also note that the evidence indicates that body cells have a life cycle of their own with a maximum life of about six or seven years.   Some organs such as the live recycle all the cells in a matter of a few months.

The "I am my body"  belief also conflicts with the Christian Bible which, in numerous passages, clearly distinguishes between the spirit which inhabits an Earthly, physical body and the body, itself.°  

The religious question here is:  "Are you  your physical body?" or "Are you a non-physical spirit being who simply inhabits a physical body to experience life on Earth?"   If humans are non-physical, spirit beings as the Christian Bible tells us,° and as the physical evidence seems to indicate, then intentionally terminating a pregnancy is the biological equivalent of halting work on a construction site.   If this perspective is correct, then when a pregnancy is terminated, the spirit being (who would have entered the body if it had been fully formed) simply enters a different newly formed body at a different time.

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Life's Greatest Mysteries:

We cannot  justifiably force unwilling women, naive young girls, an hopelessly addicted drug addicts to become mothers without finding answers to life's greatest mysteries.   We do not know when life begins, or if it even begins, at all.   Perhaps birth and death are simply changes in form and  movements into different dimensions of reality.   

We do not know the nature of life.   We don't know what life is,  what its source is,  or how that source  functions.   We do not know the nature of a human being's relationship to that source.   We do not know how life originated.   We do not know where we came from.   We do not know how we got here on Earth, why we are here, and where we are going when the body dies.   

The forced motherhood leaders claim to have answers to these question, but their so-called answers are nothing but un-provable, conservative Christian, religious beliefs.   Even the official Roman Catholic Encyclopedia acknowledges that these questions are unanswerable.°  And what about the rights of those who  believe in a different religion?  What about the rights of those who believe in reincarnation?   What about the rights of those who believe in no religion, at all?

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God's Conception Magic Act:        

God's Instantaneous, Supernatural, Transcendental, Conception Magic Act°   is the foundation upon which the entire anti-abortion war is based.    God's conception magic act is one of the religious belief of conservative, fundamentalist Christianity.   It's also an  un-provable, religious fairytale.   

Its origin dates back into antiquity and has been handed down, (without change)  to present day Christians from those who controlled the Roman Catholic Church during the "Dark Ages."  These people believed the Earth was flat.°  They also engaged in all kinds of despicable, criminal behavior such as extortion, outright lies, arson, torture, and murder.°   But please don't believe us.   Examine the evidence.   See the page titled:  Abortion and Christian History.°  
and the page titled:  Was Reincarnation Edited Out of the Christian Bible?
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Billions of people do not believe the conception-magic story.  They follow religious beliefs that teach reincarnation.°   Even millions of Christians don't believe in conception magic.   They believe that the Christian Bible is correct because in Genesis2:7° it says the life begins at first breath.   There are also millions of people who believe in a Divine Source but do not practice any of the organized religions.°   They don't believe the conception magic act story, either.

Read the evidence:    In an Essay Format°     or   In a Question and Answer Format° 

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The Forced Motherhood Leaders 
       and Their Followers Are 
             Almost Exclusively 
                  Conservative Christians:        

In more than ten years of researching this issue, this author has yet to come across  a single forced motherhood leader or a forced motherhood follower who is not:  1)  a fundamentalist Christian,  2)  a conservative Catholic, or 3)  a member of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.   That's not to say such people don't exist; it's that they are extremely rare.   

On the pro-choice  side, there is almost everyone else, including millions of open-minded Christians and the vast majority of those who acknowledge the universal spiritual principles.°   For an inclusive list, please see the page titled:  For Whom Do You Speak?°

The anti-choice stance of the forced motherhood leaders is based solely on Christian theology.   Their single-pointed, religion-based behavior makes the anti-choice war a conservative, Christian, religious crusade.   It's right-wing, conservative Christians against the infidels, which in essence is conservative Christians against everybody else, including moderate and open-minded (liberal)°  Christians.   

Who Decides:     Christians claim to be followers of Jesus.   Jesus said nothing about abortion.   In the absence of conclusive evidence from their religious icon,  who or what are they following?   And how can they force their theology onto the billions who follow other religious philosophies.   They claim God as their authority for opposing abortions, but if their theology is right, then the Christian Bible is wrong°  and  God is the world's most despicable abortionist and baby killer.°

For a detailed analysis of this issue, please see the pages titled:
Sacred or Secular°      Religion Versus God.° and 
How to Keep Abortion Legal.°

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Life's Three Basic Assumptions:

When we examine intentional pregnancy termination within each of life's three major assumptions,  Christian one-life-ism,  atheism,  and reincarnation,° we find three very different conclusions regarding what abortion is and what  it means.   One then has to ask, "Which of these three assumptions is correct?"   No one can provide us with a conclusive answer that question because there are no provable answers,°  only conjecture, guesswork, speculation, and stories made up by our ancient ancestors.   Thus, the question,   "Is abortion right or wrong?"  belongs the realm of religion and philosophy where it has been hotly debated for centuries.   

In a free society, beliefs about reality, including guesswork, conjecture, speculation, and  Medieval religious fairytales°  are not the basis for passing secular laws which force one group's religious beliefs onto everyone else.   Attempting to do so clearly violates our God-granted and Constitutionally guaranteed right to religious freedom!

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Four Additional factors:

1)   Follow the Money Trail:   You've probably heard this truism:   "If you want to know the truth about anything on planet Earth, follow the money trail."   Well, that also applies to the anti-choice war.    See the page titled:   Controversy Sells, and It's a Multi-billion Dollar Business.° 

2)   God Is a Baby Murderer:   The forced motherhood leaders claim God as their authority for opposing abortions.    BUT:  if their theology is correct, then  God is, by far, the vilest, cruelest, most despicable and most detestable  baby murdered°  in all of human history.     And Genesis 2:7°  and Ecclesiastes 11:5, RSV°  in the Christian Bible must be wrong. 

3)   Who Is the Real Leader of the Forced Motherhood Movement:    In the absence of conclusive evidence about consequences and meaning of intentionally terminating a pregnancy,  who or what are the forced motherhood leaders following?°   Is it possible that they've been duped by the Devil on the abortion issue?°  

4)   Who Decides:   In areas such as abortion -- areas where there is no tangible evidence to support any hard and fast conclusions, who do you want to make your irreversible, life-altering decisions?   

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The Bottom Line: 

You can't know the significance of abortion until you can, with provable certainty, answer the above questions and dozens more equally  puzzling and equally unanswerable, religious questions.°   Any conclusions regarding abortion that are turned  into secular law and forced onto people cannot be based only on religious fairytales.°    (More Evidence)°    In order to provide provable answers about what abortion really is and what it means, those answers must be based upon knowledge about God,  and provide provable answers to each of the above religious questions.

Answering the above religious questions is quite literally impossible.    Philosophers, scientists, and religious scholars have been debating these questions for centuries and the only concrete answer they have yet offered is that:

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When discussing God or religion,
nobody can say with certainty that he or 
she is correct and that everyone else is wrong.

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Your Choice:  You are foolish to believe what we say.   You are equally as foolish if you disbelieve us.  But you are a fool's fool if you simply ignore our message.   We invite you to look at the evidence,  here and elsewhere.   Let the evidence lead you where it will.    Then make up our own mind about how you will respond to the truth.

"Know the truth and the truth will set you free."

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When we examine what abortion is and what it means, billions of people believe stories (religious or otherwise) that are different from those being peddled by the forced motherhood leaders.   This leads us to the following conclusion:

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Abortion Is a Religious Freedom Issue! 

We Challenge You, 
or Anybody Else, to Prove this Claim to be Wrong.  

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To anti-choice media, we say:  "Invite us to discuss the religious aspect of the abortion issue on your radio or TV talk shows."     

To church leaders who support forced motherhood, we say:  Invite us to discuss the religious aspects of the abortion issue in front of your church members.    

Let's let the evidence speak for itself:   We dare you to expose your audience or your church members to the evidence supporting the conclusion that abortion is a religious freedom issue, and then you or anybody else can offer any evidence you can find to prove our claim to be wrong.

To those who favor forced motherhood, we say, "It's time to walk your talk."   You claim to be in favor of  free speech.  You claim to be in favor of religious freedom.   Prove it!   The evidence, such as the Global Gag Rule,°  points strongly in the opposite direction.   If your words are more than just hollow shells, then it's time to support those words with tangible, provable evidence.   

Let's openly and publicly talk about the relationship between forced motherhood, (anti-abortion) and religion.  Let's let the evidence speak for itself.   We think it's time for moderate and open minded Christians to take back Christianity.°

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If You Favor Religious Extremism 
  and Support Forced Motherhood
   We Dare You to Take

     The Abortion Truth Challenge

Let's find out which side in this controversy is using lies of omission.°   

Let's find out which side claims the Christian Bible as its authority and then ignores the passages that contradict its claims.  (Genesis 2:7,  Ecclesiastes 11:5,  and more)°  

Let's find out which side in this controversy is stifling freedom of speech.° 

Let's find out which side in this controversy is distorting the truth and using inflammatory rhetoric.°

Let's find out which side in this controversy is simply transferring death to other beings in other places at other times.°

We offer you the opportunity to prove you are right° and everybody else is wrong:  Take the Abortion Truth Challenge.°

We invite you to prove the validity of your claims to have the answers to life's unanswerable questions°  --  questions such as "How does God function?"   (Ecclesiastes 11:5)°    and  "When does an independent human life begin?"°

Then let's talk about forced motherhood.   Let's talk about the consequences of anti-choice activities.°   Let's talk about what it does to the women and to the naive young girls who are forced to become baby factories.°

Let's talk about what you did today to save the lives of the 40,000 children who starved to death today or died of curable diseases° -- and the 40,000 who will die tomorrow, and the 40,000 who will die the day after that, and the day after that.

Let's find out which side in this controversy is afraid of the truth.

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"Know the truth and the truth shall set you free."  (John 8:32)

The evidence tells us that the truth about reality is so big that we can't know all of it.   What if some  of the stories currently  being passed off as "the truth" about forced motherhood and abortion are less that the whole truth?°  

And one other question:   Have you ever been wrong?°   While you were being wrong, did you know you were wrong?   Is it possible that you are wrong about something, right now?  

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