The leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft that would outlaw abortion in the United States has reopened the debate.
In Spain, moreover, it has been announced that a new law on the matter will be approved tomorrow, Tuesday, precisely to circumvent the possible ruling of the Constitutional Court against the previous one, which has been unresolved for more than a decade.
Although a few years ago I was quite belligerent in this regard, today I admit that I try not to insist too much on the subject. And it is not that my defense of human life in the womb has diminished one iota, but rather that I believe that our supposedly developed societies have assimilated so deeply the barbarity of accepting the right of mothers to decide on the lives of their sons and daughters that they are incapable of realizing what a mistake they are making.
Few people will think twice if we only focus on the end of this great chain of lies that leads to abortion. In my opinion, we must insist elsewhere: we must attack the root of the evil.
When I explain to my children the seriousness of lies, I always use the example given in the second book of Samuel, with the story of David and Bathsheba. King David fell for the lie that sexuality can become a fun diversion without consequences.
That lie led him to sleep with the wife of one of his soldiers, which forced him to continue lying because, if the adultery had been discovered, Bathsheba would have had to pay for it with her life. When she learned that, as a result of that "unimportant slip", an unwanted pregnancy had occurred, she again invented a series of lies to try to get her husband, Uriah, to return from the front as a matter of urgency. Her intention was none other than to bring about the marital encounter in order to disguise the birth of the child as legitimate.
But the refusal of Uriah, a man of honor, to go home and sleep with his wife out of respect for his men whom he had left in the harsh conditions of war, forced the king to invent an even greater lie: the fortuitous death of the soldier in combat in order to take the widow as his wife and legitimize the pregnancy. Thus, he ordered the commander of his army to place Uriah in a position of danger in the battle and then withdraw and let him die at the hands of the enemy. Once the king's order was carried out, several of his bravest men died along with Uriah.
And all because of a single lie.
Did David at any time think of killing of his own free will those who were risking their lives daily for him and his people at the time of his bedding with Bathsheba? At no time, but one lie leads to another and then there is no choice but to commit nonsense to hide them. That's how simple we are.
Likewise with abortion, one has to go far back in the chain of lies to try to understand it as a phenomenon.
The first lie is the same one David fell into: sexuality is harmless fun, detaching it from its biological, affective and social components.
The second is that contraceptives would prevent unwanted pregnancies, when these have been modernized and popularized and many women still have to resort to the morning-after pill or abortion to try to make amends.
The third is to say that abortion is a woman's right, when what the laws have achieved is to burden her alone with a problem that belongs to two. The so-called "voluntary interruption of pregnancy" is the panacea of the sexually irresponsible and abusive male, because, as the NGOs that accompany pregnant women denounce, one of the most repeated phrases is: "either you abort or I leave you"; when they are not directly forced to abort under violent threats. And so we could go on adding lie after lie that we have been inventing to try to justify the unjustifiable.
When ideologies come to construct a model of humanity different from the truth that men and women carry inscribed in our nature, these things happen.
Today, our society needs abortion to sustain the false model of man and woman that it has proposed to us. Therefore, eliminating abortion would entail recognizing the great previous lie and no one is willing to do so. They cannot!
These days we will hear many defend abortion by appealing to freedom. They do not know that they are slaves of their lies and that only the truth will set us free.
Journalist. Graduate in Communication Sciences and Bachelor in Religious Sciences. He works in the Diocesan Delegation of Media in Malaga. His numerous "threads" on Twitter about faith and daily life have a great popularity.